Iran can release a large number of prisoners
Iran notoriously brutal Evin Prison in northern Tehran
(Behrouz Javid Tehrani / IHRDC)
Iran claims it will pardon "a large number" of prisoners on the occasion of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, although the number of people trapped may remain open, according to Sky News ,
Iranian state television has not confirmed the exact figure, but some reports say that up to 50,000 prisoners were either released or their sentences reduced.
If this number is true That's about 20 percent of the estimated 250,000 prisoners in Iran. Among these prisoners are a large number of political prisoners, according to human rights groups and Iranian exiles.
How many are imprisoned for political beliefs or activities is also unknown. This question is particularly difficult to answer because Iranian officials claim there are no political prisoners. Justice Attorney Ayatollah Amoli Larijani raised this claim on Monday allegedly referring to the 50,000 respondents. He rejected calls for the release of people held for their opposition to the regime and said, "We do not have such prisoners at the moment." Michael R. White, 46, was arrested after visiting his Iranian friend in Iran, his mother said. “/>
US Navy veteran Michael R. White, 46, was arrested after visiting his Iranian friend in Iran, his mother said.
Another question is how many dual citizens held by Iran may be released. Some of the detainees are nationals of Western nations and are being held for a variety of national security charges.
Those arrested include the American Michael White, who was arrested in Iran in July and linked to security-related security issues. White, a 46-year-old veteran of the US Navy, was arrested for "a private complaint" against him. White was arrested in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend, his mother told The New York Times. Joanne White said her son was due to return from Iran via Dubai to the United Arab Emirates in the United States on July 27, but her son has never boarded.
President Donald Trump has warned that Iran will "have new and grave consequences" if US citizens continue to be illegally held. "
The mass release of prisoners would have to be approved by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.