Iran frees 85000 prisoners due to Coronavirus
After the death toll for the novel virus Covid-19 reached an impressive 850, the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to release 85,000 prisoners in a fight against time to halt the spread of coronavirus. The country is among the most affected by the virus with about 15 thousand people infected and the situation seems to be getting out of hand. Yesterday was the worst day, with 129 deaths in just 24 hours and the concern that this escalation is not going to stop soon. So, the extreme decision to free the 85 thousand prisoners, just to avoid other problems which would require a control by the government which at this moment cannot be guaranteed.
“Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners”. Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the Iran judiciary said on Tuesday, adding that “some 50 percent of those released are security-related prisoners. Also, in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak”. On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of Covid-19.