Iran will extend leave for prisoners for one more month: Rouhani

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on April 19, 2020, shows President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. — AFP/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

TEHRAN: Iran will extend leave for prisoners for one more month, President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday, after the country temporarily released 100,000 detainees to combat the spread of coronavirus.

“Prisoners’ leave was supposed to continue until the end of Farvardin (April 19) … it will be extended until the end of Ordibehesht (May 20),” Rouhani said during a televised meeting of the government’s coronavirus taskforce, referring to two Iranian months.

However, he said the judiciary would be the main authority on the matter.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili did not directly confirm Rouhani’s remarks but further leniency was anticipated.

“By utilising the full extent of the leniency the law allows, we expect a significant number of prisoners on leave not to go back, and even for many of those currently detained to be released,” Esmaili was quoted as saying by judiciary’s news agency Mizan Online.

A final decision will be made on April 29, he added.

Iran’s judiciary began progressively granting detainees furlough in March, with 100,000 prisoners now on temporary leave.

It also announced last month that 10,000 prisoners would be released in an Iranian New Year amnesty. The move aimed to “reduce the number of prisoners in light of the sensitive situation in the country,” Esmaili said at the time, making no explicit reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Islamic republic has been struggling to contain what is the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the novel coronavirus since reporting its first cases on February 19.

The government has repeatedly urged Iranians to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus.

It has shut schools and universities, postponed major events and imposed a range of other restrictions.

On Saturday, Iran allowed some shuttered businesses in the capital Tehran to reopen, after approving similar measures in other provinces last week.

also read..

Delhi, Blanketed in Toxic Haze, ‘Has Become a Gas Chamber’

News Editor

Trump ally Roger Stone found guilty of lying to Congress

News Editor

Showbiz apes find peace through painting in Florida retirement

News Editor

Prince Harry delivers first speech since Queen’s statement on his future

News Editor

Prince William slammed for his ‘insensitive’ coronavirus comment

News Editor

Mechanism set up for release of Taliban prisoners, says Ashraf Ghani

News Editor

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More