Supreme Court orders arrest of prisoners released over coronavirus fears

Islamabad (HRNW) The Supreme Court ordered on Tuesday the arrest of all the undertrial prisoners who were released on the orders of different high courts and district courts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The top court overturned the judgement of the lower courts and declared the verdict on their release to be null and void.

The bail granted to people involved in corruption and drugs cases should be cancelled, the court said.

The court, however, approved the suggestions of the attorney general and streamlined the process of the release.

The verdict says that the prisoners who are sick or have any disability can be released if they were sentenced to jail for three years or less.

Prisoners who have completed their sentences but failed to pay the fine can be released too, along with women and children who have completed 75% of their sentence, the court added.

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