Turkmenistan Extradites 27 Prisoners to Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Twenty-seven Iranian prisoners were extradited from Turkmenistan on Saturday as part of a treaty between the two countries.
The convicts were handed over to Iranian judicial authorities via Bajgiran border crossing on Saturday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi announced.
According to the diplomat, the prisoners were the first group of Iranian inmates returning home under an extradition treaty between Tehran and Ashgabat.
The extradition took place following Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s meetings with senior Turkmen officials and intensive talks handled by a delegation of Iranian Foreign Ministry representatives dispatched to the Central Asian country, he added.
In March 2015, Iran and Turkmenistan held a high-ranking joint session in Ashgabat, and signed 17 cooperation documents in economic, cultural, political, legal, scientific, and technological fields.
The extradition treaty was one of the documents signed in the session, attended by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.