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62 prisoners freed from Nangarhar jail

62 prisoners freed from Nangarhar jail

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Mar 08, 2011 - 17:47

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Sixty-two inmates, including two womeninfo-icon and three girls, were freed from Nangarhar central jail on Tuesday and prison terms of 58 others reduced in compliance with President Hamid Karzai's orders, an official said.

On Feb. 15, the birth anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH), Karzai issued a decree, granting relief to prisoners across the country, Nangarhar Appeal Court Judge Ali Asghar Asghari said.

Following the presidential decree, a team was assigned to investigate cases of prisoners.  In accordance with the delegation's recommendations, the inmates were freed and granted remissions in jail terms, he said.

They were imprisoned on charges of smuggling, drug addiction, violence against women and corruption. Currently, 1,296 prisoners, including 23 women, are being held in the prison, Jail Superintendent Col. Abdul Hesarak said.

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