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More convicts imprisoned than released in 2020: official

  2021-03-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
General Head of the Kurdistan Region Reformatories Ahmad Najmadin speaks to reporters about the 2020 year-end report in the reformatory facilities in the Kurdistan Region's governorate, Erbil, Iraq, March 18,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – General Director of the Kurdistan Region Social Reform Ahmad Najmadin said on Thursday (March 18) that 3,360 convicts were released after serving out their sentences and 3,732 others were imprisoned  in 2020.

At a news conference dedicated for the 2020 year-end report, Najmadin said that there are currently 5,015 convicts in the six correctional facilities in the Region.

“There should be 800 to 900 convicts in the reformatories according to the standards, but each reformatory contains over 2,000 convicts,” he said.

He also said that most of the convicts were in Erbil governorate, followed by Sulaimani and Duhok, who have been sentenced on narcotic charges .

“Most of the convicts have been sentenced on narcotics use and trafficking, meaning the use of narcotics is on the rise,” he said.

Regarding allegations about importation of narcotics into the reformatory facilities, the official said that his directorate has made probes into the cases.

Local and international human rights organizations concern about the spread of coronavirus inside the sprawling jails. Most countries issued paroles to convicts last year to contain the disease.

“No convicts have died of coronavirus in the reformatories,” the official said, without mentioning the number of the infections in the corrections. 

On Wednesday, the KRG Ministry of Health recorded 548 new coronavirus cases, three new deaths and 201 recoveries over past 24 hours.

Overall, there have been 113,998 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 106,092 have recovered and 3,577 have died.

There has been a significant rise in coronavirus cases in the Kurdistan Region following the emergence of new variants of the virus globally.

The Region recorded the first coronavirus cases on March 1 last year and the cases were climbing before declining to just few tens.

The highest daily infections were logged on October 27 with 1,597 cases.

(Zhyan English)