Iran extradited 242 Afghan convicts to their country, the country’s deputy justice minister said on Saturday.
“According to the extradition treaty signed by the justice ministers of Afghanistan and Iran in Tehran nearly two months ago, 700 convicts are to be extradited to Afghanistan until the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20), said Mahmoud Abbasi, IRNA reported.
With the 201 Afghan convicts that were sent to their country last week, the number of the extradited convicts has reached 443, he added.
The Iranian official said that the crimes of the convicts were mostly drug-related and illegal entrance into Iran.
These convicts are going to serve the remaining period of their sentences in Afghanistan, he said.
He described the extradition of such a big number of prisoners as unprecedented.
Iran extradites 242 Afghan convicts to Afghanistan