Source: Middle East Monitor

The Ministry of Justice of the internationally-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) has announced the release of 466 prisoners in the capital of Tripoli, as part of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ministry announced in a statement, of which Anadolu Agency obtained a copy on Monday, that: “The Public Prosecution has issued a decision to release 466 inmates from the correction and rehabilitation institutions within the branch of the Judicial Police in Tripoli.”

The statement added: “The release of detainees comes within the framework of the government response plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic and in implementation of the recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Ministry of Justice regarding the need to reduce overcrowding in prisons.”

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The statement indicated that among the released are Arab and foreign inmates, without specifying their nationalities.

The Ministry of Justice stated: “This decision is a first step in the context of reducing overcrowding in penal institutions, and it is hoped that other similar steps will accompany this initiative.”

On Sunday, the Supreme Judicial Council of Libya decided to suspend work in courts, public prosecution offices and