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Charges dropped against 3 Iranians sentenced to death in Malaysia
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TEHRAN -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official has said that the charges against three Iranian prisoners held in Malaysia, who were sentenced to death, have been dropped, and they will be allowed to return to Iran. 
 
The three prisoners, two men and one woman, are in a refugee camp now and will return to their homeland, since the legal process is completed, the Fars News Agency quoted Seyyed Kazem Sajjadi, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for Iranian Expatriates Affairs, as saying on Saturday.
 
He went on to say that 229 Iranian prisoners are serving sentences in Malaysian prisons, and 86 of them have received the death penalty, but added that no Iranian has been executed there yet.
 
Officials of the two countries are making efforts to draft an agreement, according to which prisoners would be transferred to their home countries to serve their sentences, he stated.
 
On January 18, 2013, Sajjadi said that about 3000 Iranian citizens were imprisoned in foreign countries -- the majority in Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey -- and most of them were convicted of involvement in the trade in illicit drugs. 
 
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