Philanthropists release 3,600 inmates in 6 months

October 3, 2021 - 17:53

TEHRAN – Iranian philanthropists freed 3,689 prisoners of involuntary crimes over the past six months, Asadollah Joolaei, head of Blood Money Organization, has said.

Freeing prisoners of involuntary crimes is done in three ways. The first way is granting prisoners leave and the second way is providing a number of them with loans to be paid inside the prison.

The third way of assistance is the release of unintentional convicts by paying their debt.

Some 3,542 male and 147 female prisoners, who were convicts or financial crimes, have been released, he stated, adding, a total of 13 trillion rials (nearly $309 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been the debt of the released prisoners.

Since 1990, more than 150,000 unintentional crime doers who had debts have been freed, he further noted.

Currently, there are 10,680 prisoners of unintentional crimes in the country, of whom 4,673 are eligible for assistance, he stated, adding, Tehran with 999 prisoners has the most unintentional crime prisoners, Sistan-Baluchestan with 26 and Hormozgan with 46; have the smallest prisoner population.

14,600 inmates freed last year

Iranian benefactors helped release a total of 14,681 inmates of unintentional crimes across the country over the past Iranian calendar year (March 2020-March 2021), Hadi Sadeghi, an official with the Judiciary, has said.

Last year, a total of 35 trillion rials (nearly $833 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been donated to pay the debt of the released prisoners.

As an annual tradition, benefactors come together in a ceremony to raise funds for releasing prisoners of unintentional crimes during the holy month of Ramadan (which started on April 13 this year), through which, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has donated 5 billion rials (about $120,000).

Last year, heads of the three branches of the government and the private sector donated 6.5 billion rials (nearly $150,000) to release prisoners who had committed involuntary crimes.

Former President Hassan Rouhani, former Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and former Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi made a total of 3.9 billion rials (around $92,000) in contributions to free prisoners of unintentional crimes.


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