Coronavirus Forced Iran To Release Over 70k Criminals. In a desperate attempt to curb coronavirus spread, Iran momentarily released about 70k inmates.
Iran’s notoriously unreliable state media recently claimed that almost 10 per cent of Iranian lawmakers were infected with coronavirus.
Recently, the Iranian state media has reported the virus killed 92 people in Iran, and 2,922 cases have been confirmed.
Iran has temporarily released about 70,000 inmates to fight coronavirus spread in prisons, the head of the judiciary said on Monday, as officials confirmed hundreds of new infections and dozens of deaths across the country, according to Yahoo reports.
In the past 24 hours, Iran recorded 595 new infections and 43 new deaths. This brings overall coronavirus cases to 7,161, with 237 deaths, said spokesperson for the health ministry.
Coronavirus Forced Iran To Release Over 70k Criminal
Judicial chief Ebrahim Raisi has declared the immediate release of prisoners as the Iranian authorities try to combat one of the worst national outbreaks outside of China, where the new virus originated, and one of the highest death rates from the disease.
According to the Mizan judicial news site, Raisi said the release of prisoners will proceed “to the point where it does not create instability in society.”
He did not give further details or specify when those released would have to return to jail.
Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus, the United Nations said on Monday.
“Recent reports suggest the spread of COVID-19 virus inside Iranian jails,” Javaid Rehman, U.N. Special human rights rapporteur for Iran, said on Monday in Geneva.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei canceled his speech for the Persian New Year in the city of Mashhad, which is on March 20, as part of a campaign to avoid more infections, according to an official website announcement.
Coronavirus Forced Iran To Release Over 70k Criminals
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