Report on Mass Release of Prisoners in the Past 24 Hours

In the past 24 hours, several prisoners of conscience were released from Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz, Evin Prison in Tehran, Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, and Ardabil Prison. Moreover, the legal case against journalist Saba Sherdoost was closed without further legal proceedings.

Of these freed prisoners, the most known prisoners are:

Baha’i citizen Qasem (Ghasem) Masoumi from Adel-Abad Prison
Baha’i citizen Saeed Ettehad from Adel-Abad Prison
Political Prisoner Marzieh Farsi from Evin Prison
Civil rights activist Behnam Mousivand from Rajai Shahr Prison
Political prisoner Hossein Kheyri from Rajai Shahr Prison
Azerbaijani (Turk) Activist Abbas Lesani from Ardabil Prison

Also, the legal case against journalist and women’s rights activist Saba Sherdoost was closed without further legal proceedings.

Details of these prison releases are still unknown. They are, however, likely released under the recent directive to “pardon and commute” the sentences of some prisoners.

Moreover, the Chief Justice of Bushehr Province Mehdi Mehrangiz announced the release of 979 prisoners in this province following the directive. He stated, “Of these freed prisoners, 246 were arrested amid nationwide protests. “No criminal record will be registered for them,” he claimed. 

Earlier, the head of the Judiciary proposed to pardon or commute the sentences of some prisoners as an enactment of Article 110, paragraph 11 of the constitution, which was approved by Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.