Courts across Iran have granted eligible inmates furlough as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus, judiciary chief Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Raeisi said according to semi-official Tasnim News Agency on Monday.

Prisoners with underlying illnesses have been given priority in being granted leave, Raeisi added.

CNN cannot verify whether the furloughs have been carried out yet.

Last Tuesday, Iran announced it would temporarily release more than 54,000 prisoners in an attempt to prevent the virus spread, according to the country’s semi-official news agency ISNA citing judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Source: CNN News

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