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52 prisoners released in Helmand, Nimroz

52 prisoners released in Helmand, Nimroz

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Mar 06, 2011 - 18:32

ZARANJ/LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Dozens of inmates were freed from jails in Helmand and Nimroz provinces on Sunday, officials said.

Twenty-six prisoners were released from the central jail in Lashkargah in compliance with a presidential decree issued on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Governor Gulab Mangal told Pajhwok Afghan News the men detained for different offensives had served most of their jail terms.

Mangal asked the beneficiaries of the presidential decree to avoid committing crimes in the future and live a normal life with their families.

An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, claimed the freed men included three would-be suicide bombers. He accused the prosecutor's office of ordering their release after receiving bribes. "People held for petty crimes are still in the jail," he claimed.

Khan Mohammad, one the beneficiaries, said he had been sentenced to two years in prison in a robbery case and was freed after serving half of his jail term.

Separately, 26 prisoners were released in Nimroz province, said justice department head, Ataullah Fikri. The men had been arrested for murder, robbery and traffic accidents, he said.

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