Tehran (IP) - Iran's Judiciary Spokesman highlighted the non-discriminatory attitude of the Judiciary toward the nationality of detainees, saying that over one thousand of non-Iranian prisoners have been released temporarily amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Iran PressIran News: In response to Iran Press correspondent regarding the claim of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Javaid Rehman that the country has discriminated against the release of detainees, including so-called “dual citizens”, Gholamhossein Esmaeili said: “The action of the Islamic Republic in maintaining the health of prisoners and the security of prisons, and especially in the temporary release of thousands of detainees, is an outstanding action in all systems of the world.”

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman added: "It would be great that the human rights Special Rapporteur reports about countries with much higher coronavirus death toll than Iran, including the US, the UK, and some other European countries, and that what they have done for their national and non-national prisoners."

“We have not heard any reports of the temporary release of detainees amid coronavirus in these countries,” he stressed. 

The Judiciary spokesman said that the country’s exceptionally good performance was called “discriminatory”, while those with zero performance have not held accountable.

The official said: “More than a thousand of non-Iranian prisoners have been released temporarily.”

He also emphasized that Iran does not recognize dual nationality, explaining: “The country’s criteria for furloughs considered the type of crime, prison sentence, risks that a person can pose to society, remaining time on one's sentence and ability to pay bail, not the individual's nationality.” 

The Special Rapporteur on Iran Javaid Rehman had claimed that "most prisoners of dual and foreign nationals" remained imprisoned in Iran.


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