Prisoners Won’t Be Released Amid Outbreak Fears, Justice Ministry Says

The government said it will not release any of the nation’s nearly 39,000 prisoners on bail amid the Covid-19 pandemic, despite concerns about possible outbreaks in prisons raised by human rights groups, the U.N. and prisoners’ families.

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said the government has no plans to release prisoners due to officials’ concerns about the potential risk to public order.

“We have not considered releasing detainees because of security and social stability, but what can be done is to maintain hygiene and take necessary measures to promote hygiene and health for the detainees,” Malin told VOD on Tuesday.

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