Afghanistan extradites its last Tajik prisoners


KABUL -- Afghanistan has extradited to Tajikistan the final eight Tajiks incarcerated in Afghan prisons, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service reported Tuesday (July 2).

Tajikistan took back the eight inmates late last week, said Tajik Ambassador to Afghanistan Sharofiddin Imomov, without specifying what crimes the Tajiks had committed.

"None of our compatriots remain in Afghan prisons," he told RFE/RL.

In return, Tajikistan has agreed to send back 80 Afghan convicts held in Tajik prisons, said Imomov, adding that the only remaining issue is "how to deliver them to Afghanistan".

Tajikistan will continue to hold an unspecified number of serious Afghan offenders, such as terrorists and drug smugglers who fired at Tajik border guards, he said.

During a May meeting in Dushanbe with Afghan Foreign Minister Salohiddin Rabbani, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon agreed to the release of 80 out of the more than 90 Afghan convicts being held in Tajikistan.

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