Leader, senior officials donate $170,000 to free prisoners

May 30, 2017 - 11:7

TEHRAN — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani made a total of 6.83 billion rials (nearly $170,000) in contributions to help free prisoners who had committed involuntary crimes.

The leader and the president donated 3.13 billion rials ($78,250) and 2.7 billion rials ($67,500) respectively, while the parliament speaker and the judiciary chief each made 500 million rials ($12,500), IRIB reported on Monday.

Every year concurrent with the holy month of Ramadan Iranians make generous donations to help free prisoners. According to Blood Money Organization’s director Asadollah Jolaei, this year the 30th charity fund raising ceremony will be held today in Tehran.

Some 290 fundraising events are planned to be held nationwide, he added.

Last year, some 178 charity fundraising events to free prisoners took place nationwide and contributions totaled some 400 billion rials (nearly $10 million), Jolaei explained.

He also pointed out that the leader, the president, the parliament speaker, and the judiciary chief donated 3 billion rials ($75,000), 2.5 billion rials ($62,500), 500 million rials ($12,500), and 500 million rials ($12,500) to the event respectively.