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Iran’s deputy justice minister: 8,000 foreign prisoners, mostly from Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Askar Jalalian, Deputy Minister of Justice of Iran and head of the country’s Prisoner Transfer Committee, stated that there are currently 8,000 foreign prisoners in Iran, most of whom are from Afghanistan.

He mentioned efforts to repatriate these prisoners to their home countries if they agreed.

IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency, reported on Wednesday, June 12, that Iran’s Ministry of Justice is working to return foreign prisoners to their countries through extradition treaties.

The Deputy Minister of International Affairs of Iran’s Ministry of Justice told IRNA, “Currently, the highest number of foreign prisoners in Iranian prisons are from Afghanistan. Our goal is to return them all to their country, but due to infrastructural weaknesses in Afghanistan, this has not been possible.”

Mr. Jalalian said he is trying to negotiate with the Taliban’s Prisoner Transfer Committee for the transfer of Afghan prisoners, but the transfer is conditional on the prisoner’s consent.

He stated, “Although housing foreign prisoners imposes financial, political, and security costs on the government, the transfer depends on the prisoner’s consent. If they do not agree, the transfer will not occur.”

This Iranian official’s statement about repatriating Afghan prisoners to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan comes amid reports of the arrest of former Afghan security forces and anti-Taliban front members in Iran.

Previously, Iran has handed over Afghan prisoners to the Taliban in several phases. Meanwhile, recently, there have been reports of the execution of Afghan refugees in Iran.

Additionally, over 80 bodies of Afghan nationals were discovered in Iran, raising concerns about their treatment and safety.

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