KABUL: Iran on Sunday handed over 101 Afghan prisoners to Taliban at Nimroz border crossing. Taliban authorities said the prisoners’ return was part of an agreement between Afghanistan and Iran and the prisoners would be serving the remaining of their sentences in Afghan prisons.
“As a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Directorate of Follow-up and Supervision of the Leader’s Orders and the General Director of Prisons, 100 Afghan prisoners were transferred again in Nimruz in connection with the agreement reached with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Taliban foreign ministry on Monday.
The prisoners were handed over to the Afghan government through the Silk Port, the ministry said.
Iran’s Deputy Director of International Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice, Askar Jalalian, confirmed the handover on Sunday and said that the individuals were handed over to the IEA at the Nimroz border to continue serving the remainder of their sentences in Afghanistan.
“The handover was made possible through the joint efforts of the Committee for the Transfer of Convicts at the Ministry of Justice, along with the cooperation of the judiciary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prisons Organization. In addition, diplomatic and legal consultations were held between Iran and the Taliban to facilitate this process.” Jalalian said.
Last year, a total of 800 Afghans imprisoned in Iranian facilities were handed over to the IEA to serve the remaining terms of their sentences in Afghanistan.