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180 Afghan prisoners Transferred From Iran to Afghanistan

Iran handed over 180 Afghan prisoners to the de facto authorities in the Islam-Qala port of Herat province on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. 

“Based on the agreement between IEA and I.R. Iran, 180 Afghan nationals sentenced to imprisonment were handed over to the Islamic Emirate in the presence of senior officials of the two countries in the Islam-Qala port of Herat province on June 14, 2023,” Said Hafiz Zia Ahmad, deputy spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

He further mentioned that 1131 Afghan nationals from various prisons in Iran have been transferred to Afghanistan.

According to officials, 15 Afghanistan nationals have been released from the Al Ghadir prison in Zahidan, Iran. 

The convicts who had been released were given to Afghanistan’s diplomatic representative in Nimroz. These freed prisoners were detained in the past because they lacked proper documentation.

Earlier, over 101 Afghan prisoners were handed over to Afghanistan who was serving prison sentences in Iran. 

According to the Iranian Justice Ministry, close to 800 Afghan prisoners were given to members of Afghanistan’s interim Taliban government last year per the terms of the two countries prisoner transfer agreement.