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President decrees release of around 10,000 prisoners

President decrees release of around 10,000 prisoners

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Mar 27, 2020 - 09:43

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Around 10,000 prisoners will be freed from jails in compliance with Presidential decree to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.

Ahmad Rashid Totakhel, general director of detention centres, in a joint press conference with Attorney General Office and Healthinfo-icon Minister made the announcement.

A special presidential decree included the release of 9,000 to 10,000 prisoners to be released in coming 10 days and necessary directives in this regard had been issued to relevant authorities, he said.

Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said that according to their assessment prisons were considered dangerous places as far as the transfer of coronavirus is concerned and the ministry offered its recommendations to the emergency committee for the control of coronavirus.

Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hameeed said that provision of health environmentinfo-icon was government responsibility and this decision showed government seriousness to the public health.

He stressed prisoners involved in crime against internal and externalinfo-icon security were not included in this decree.

The presidential decree regarding the release of prisoners included womeninfo-icon, children, patients and individuals above 55-year old.

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