TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Malaysia is hopefully going to put into effect an extradition treaty with Iran, which will allow hundreds of Iranian convicts in the Southeast Asian country to return home for completing their prison terms, an Iranian deputy minister announced.
Speaking to Press Shia Agency, Mahmoud Abbasi said 80 Iranian convicts have received capital punishment in Malaysia, while 300 others are serving prison sentences.
He also pointed to political efforts by the Iranian officials to finalize the extradition treaty with Malaysia, saying the Kuala Lumpur government is also going to enforce a law on the exchange of prisoners with the foreign countries.
According to Abbasi, Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi will soon visit Malaysia to sign the final agreement for bringing the country’s prisoners home.
The deputy minister then unveiled plans for clinching extradition treaties with more foreign countries, including Algeria, Kazakhstan, five Latin American nations, and even Europeans like Cyprus, Albania, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Austria.
In October, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said under the agreement with Malaysia, nearly one third of the Iranian convicts in that country will be repatriated annually.
Noting that some 3,200 Iranians are behind the bars abroad, the deputy minister gave an assurance that Tehran will spare no effort to help them return home.