Iran temporarily releases 85,000 prisoners

Iran temporarily releases 85,000 prisoners
# 17 March 2020 13:46 (UTC +04:00)

Iran has temporarily freed around 85,000 prisoners including political detainees in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, the government said today, APA reports citing Daily Mail. 

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said half of those released were 'security-related prisoners'. 

'Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak,' the spokesman said. 

The United Nations has warned that inmates have already been infected in Iran's overcrowded and disease-ridden jails, and called for all political prisoners to be released. 

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