Iran repa­tri­ates 132 Afghan pris­on­ers

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran trans­ferred 132 Afghan pris­on­ers to Afghanistan to serve the re­main­ing of their jail terms in their home­land.

The pris­on­ers were repa­tri­ated un­der a deal be­tween the gov­ern­ments of Iran and Afghanistan and fol­low­ing ef­forts by Iran’s Jus­tice Min­istry, Tas­nim News Agency re­ported.

Afghan na­tion­als sen­tenced to im­pris­on­ment for their in­volve­ment in drug smug­gling in Iran are also planned to be repa­tri­ated in com­ing weeks.

Iran, which has a 900-kilo­me­ter com­mon bor­der with Afghanistan, has been used as the main con­duit for smug­gling Afghan drugs to nar­cotics king­pins in Europe.

Iran and Afghanistan signed an agree­ment for ex­change of pris­on­ers in 2012.

The two neigh­bors first drew up rules defin­ing the terms of such ex­changes in 2006, al­low­ing pris­on­ers or their fam­i­lies to choose whether to be in­car­cer­ated in Iran or Afghanistan.

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