The government of Iran is due to hand over 1,700 Afghan inmates who are imprisoned in Iranian jails—and the first batch of more than 500 inmates arrived at Islam-Qala port of Herat on Monday.
Over 400 of the inmates have been sentenced to death by the Iranian courts, according to Islamic Emirate officials.
“(They) are either 1,786 or 1,728 people that will be transferred to Afghanistan within three days and these people will be handed over to the Islamic Emirate,” said Fazal Mohammad Haqqani, the Islamic Emirate’s ambassador to Iran.
The head of the general department of prisons in the country, Mohammad Yousuf Mustari, said that Afghan inmates returning from Iran will be prosecuted based on the Afghan judicial process.
“The decisions that they made is contingent on these people being kept in our country. Of course, if these people were sentenced to be freed in our courts, they (Iran officials) will agree with us. Many of them have spent half of their time in prison,” he said.
Many of them have spent several years in Iran’s prisons.
“It has passed very hard. When you are in another country, it is very difficult but we are very happy here now and we will tolerate the remaining term of the prison here,” said Ghulam Rasul, a prisoner.
“I was arrested on charges of drug dealing. I was sentenced to 13 years in prison and I was fined 150 million (tomman),” said Mohammad Awaz, a prisoner.
According to Afghanistan's embassy in Tehran, at least 6,000 Afghans in Iranian prisons.
Many of them are sentenced to various types of punishment for being involved in drug dealing, murder and robbery.
The Afghanistan embassy in Tehran said that the process of transferring Afghan prisoners to the country will increase in the future.
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