The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Hundreds of inmates released from Herat prison

KABUL: A total of 473 in view of possible quake threats, have been released from jail of the country’s western province of Herat, the state-run Bakhtar News Agency reported the other day. “The Supreme Court of Afghanistan has ordered the release of hundreds of inmates from prisons in western Herat province, as 473 prisoners who had served much of their terms were freed on compassionate grounds,” the statement said, adding a threemember delegation had been tasked with inspecting the main prison in Herat to study the situation of inmates. After a two-day assessment, the team concluded the prison building had developed cracks as a result of the recent earthquake and was in danger of collapse; eventually the delegation drew up a list of 473 prisoners who served much of their jail terms. After a thorough evaluation of the list by the SC, it was shared with the provincial appeal court with the direction to release the prisoners to lessen pressure on the detention facility. Relevant authorities in the southwest were also instructed to free a number of women and juvenile prisoners who are entitled to remissions. A delegation is already study ing the cases of women prisoners and children’s files at juvenile correction centers. Mohammad Nabi Khalil, director-general of Herat prison, confirmed the release of 473 inmates over the past two days. As many as 200 prisoners have been released, while 273 had been freed a day earlier, Khalil said. Most of the prisoners, who had less than 50 days to serve, were granted remissions. Another 2,000 inmates were transferred to another safe place, Khalil added. This comes after, several quake jolted western Herat province and killed thousands of people. Based the reports more than 90% of the people killed by a 6.3- magnitude earthquake in western Afghanistan last weekend were women and children. Women and children were more likely to have been at home when the quake struck in the morning, said Siddiq Ibrahim, the chief of the UNICEF field office in Herat. The disproportionate impact of the quake on women has left children without mothers, their primary caregivers, raising questions about who will raise them or how to reunite them with fathers who might be out of the province or Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi Naibi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.