Afghanistan to Release 10,000 Prisoners to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

Afghanistan will release at least 10,000 prisoners over the age of 55 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday.

“The president has issued a decree that several thousand prisoners will be released soon due to coronavirus,” an official in President Ashraf Ghani’s office said.

Those released will not include members of Islamist militant groups the Taliban or Islamic State, and the process will be completed within 10 days, said two government officials.

“Prisoners with serious health problems, women, children, the elderly above 55 years will benefit from the decree,” said Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi.

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