Iran releases about 70,000 prisoners because of coronavirus: Judiciary chief

A photo taken on March 5, 2020 shows Iranian workers disinfect a street in Teheran. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran has released approximately 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday (March 9), according to Mizan, the news site of the judiciary.

"The release of the prisoners, to the point where it doesn't create insecurity in society ... will continue," he said.

Raisi did not specify if or when those released would need to return to jail.

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