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Iran releases 85,000 prisoners amid efforts to combat spread of coronavirus

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Firefighters disinfect a square in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Credit: AP

Iran has released 85,000 prisoners on temporary leave, according to officials, in an apparent bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said that those released include half of all “security-related” prisoners, without elaborating.

Western nations have called on Iran to release dual nationals and others held allegedly as bargaining chips in negotiations.

Among those released is Mohammad Hossein Karroubi, the son of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who was in jail for nearly two months.

It is not clear if Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who has been jailed in Iran since 2016, will be freed as part of the release.

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