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Iran has freed 85,000 Offenders, including political ones, amid coronavirus

Iran has freed about 85,000 offenders, including political prisoners, a spokesman because of its judiciary said on Tuesday, in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Some 50 percent of those published are security-related offenders… Also from the jails, we’ve taken precautionary steps to face the outbreak,” explained Gholamhossein Esmaili.

On March 10, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran stated he’d requested Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily out of the overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus.

Iran’s death toll in the coronavirus has attained 853 and a complete of 14,991 individuals are confirmed infected throughout the nation, among the worst nationwide outbreaks out China, where the virus originated.

Esmaili didn’t elaborate on if those published would have to come back to prison.

Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, stated before in March that Australian offenders are infected with coronavirus.