Iranian security forces are searching for 54 escaped inmates following a prison break over which four guards were arrested.
Iran’s State News Agency reported this on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
A judicial official in Kurdistan province, Mojtaba Shirouzbozorgi, told IRNA that some Prison Guards were summoned, four of them were arrested and others released on bail.
According to the Agency, 74 inmates escaped from Saqqez city’s prison on Friday, March 27, 2020, out of which 20 have so far either turned themselves in or been captured.
IRNA reports that on Thursday, March 19, 23 Prisoners escaped from another jail in the Western City of Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, hours before the start of Iran’s New Year celebrations.
They reportedly escaped during the night while guards were making preparations for a New Year amnesty.
The Agency said escapees had been serving a maximum of one-year sentences, denying that dangerous criminals were at large.
AFP reports that there were also prison riots in Hamedan and Tabriz provinces, and Aligoudarz city in Lorestan as authorities prevented escapes, killing one inmate and injuring another at the riot in Aligoudarz prison.
According to Iran’s judiciary, around 10,000 Prisoners are expected to be released in the New Year amnesty, with the aim to “reduce the number of prisoners in light of the sensitive situation in the country”.
The spokesman also said on Sunday that Iran’s judiciary has also temporarily released 100,000 detainees in an attempt to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
According to the latest official toll, the virus has killed 2,640 people in the Islamic republic, ranking it among the world’s worst-affected countries.