Iran temporarily frees 85,000 prisoners amid coronavirus

A total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across Iran. (AFP)
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Updated 17 March 2020

Iran temporarily frees 85,000 prisoners amid coronavirus

  • Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853
  • A total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across the country

DUBAI: Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, a spokesman for its judiciary said on Tuesday, in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
“Some 50% of those released are security-related prisoners ... Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak,” said Gholamhossein Esmaili.
On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus.
Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853 and a total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across the country, one of the worst national outbreaks outside China, where the new virus originated.
Esmaili did not elaborate on when those released would have to return to jail.
Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said earlier in March that Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus.


UAE, Sudan discuss energy and infrastructure

Updated 12 August 2020

UAE, Sudan discuss energy and infrastructure

  • The officials discussed energy and infrastructure cooperation
  • UAE has pledged $50 million for Sudanese economic growth

DUBAI: Emirati and Sudanese authorities met to discuss cooperation in energy and infrastructure, state news agency WAM reported.

UAE’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail Al-Mazrouei, Sudan’s Minister of Energy and Mining Khairy Abdel Rahman and Minister of Infrastructure Hashim Ibn Auf also discussed technological details of joint projects during the meeting on Tuesday.

The report did not reveal details of the projects or discussions, but UAE has pledged $50 million in support of economic growth in Sudan in cooperation with World Bank late June.