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Tajikistan Sends Afghan Prisoners Home

Afghan prisoners sit in a bus in Konduz on February 4, when Afghanistan and Tajikistan exchanged prisoners for the first time.
KABUL -- Dozens of jailed Afghan prisoners have been transferred from Tajikistan to Afghanistan as a result of an agreement between the two countries, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Abdullah Azizi, the head of the Jozjan provincial prison in Afghanistan, told RFE/RL that 54 people from the northern Afghan provinces who were arrested by Tajik police for drug smuggling were taken to Afghanistan on August 5.

Most of the convicts were incarcerated in Jozjan prison upon their return to their homeland.

Azizi said 10 of the 54 were released per a special decree issued from President Hamid Karzai's office.

The identities of the men who were released are not known and no explanation was given about their release.

"The process of transferring Afghans detained on different charges from different countries of the world, including Tajikistan, has been started," Azizi said, referring to an agreement signed between Afghan and Tajik authorities on the exchange of prisoners convicted on drug charges.