Iran Frees 10 Thousand Prisoners – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will spare 10 thousand prisoners including political prisoners. This decision is in honor of the Iranian new year on Friday (20/3).
“Those who will be forgiven will not return to prison, almost half of the security-related prisoners will be forgiven as well,” court spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told Iranian state television on Wednesday (18/3).
A day earlier, Esmaili said Iran had temporarily released some 85,000 people from prison, including political prisoners, in response to the corona virus epidemic. A large number of prisoners who have been released temporarily do not need to go back to prison after the leader is forgiven, Esmaili said.
Iran Frees 10 Thousand Prisoners
Esmaili said the decision was unprecedented. Because, the clemency includes prisoners related to security with a prison sentence of less than five years.
According to a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, Iran says it has 189,500 people in prison. They are believed to be among the hundreds who were arrested during or after anti-government protests in November.
The corona virus outbreak has prompted the UN and US to ask the country to release political prisoners, including dozens of dual citizens and foreign nationals. They could become victims of the spread of the virus considering Iran’s prisons are crowded and full of disease. Berita Poker
Iranian Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual citizens and foreigners over the past few years. This includes US, British, Canadian, Australian, Austrian, French, Swedish, Dutch and Lebanese citizens. Washington has warned Iran that it will hold the Tehran government directly responsible for the deaths of US citizens in prison.
Human rights activists accuse Iran of arresting multiple citizens to try to win concessions from other countries. Tehran denies detaining people for political reasons, mainly accusing foreign prisoners of espionage.
Tehran has also called for the release of several dozen Iranians held in US prisons. Most of them were arrested for violating sanctions for its nuclear program.