Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
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IHC orders release of over 400 prisoners as coronavirus cases rise

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered the release of over 400 prisoners as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to soar across the country.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the order and said a committee, consisting of officials from three bodies – would be established to determine the bail of the accused.

He said prisoners must satisfy the committee in order to be released, adding that if the committee does not approve then the accused will remain in prison. The IHC chief justice also underscored that the committee must follow government policy. “In this situation, prisoners cannot be kept in isolation. Prisoners have the right to survive too,” he added.

IHC CJ Athar Minallah said prisoners in the United States have also been released, adding that only those prisoners would be released who have been imprisoned without punishment. “Those accused who are a threat to society should not be released,” he added.

Advocate general told the court that released of criminals indulged in drugs likely to pose danger for the society, on which judge said, “it is a critical situation a committee will form that will review such cases and the court will accept conditional bail while the committee will decide who should have been released or not.”

Later, the court has formed a committee comprises of a representative of administration, police and ANF and allow the committee to decide release of bailed prisoners.