Saudi Arabia releases 250 immigration offenders amid coronavirus outbreak -statement

RIYADH, March 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has released 250 foreign detainees held on non-violent immigration and residency offenses as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) said on Thursday.

"Releasing them for eventual repatriation will help decrease the threat for inmates of the detention centers without compromising public security in any way," HRC President Awwad al-Awwad said in a statement, adding that more releases were expected.

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin; editing by Jason Neely)

03/26/2020 10:49

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