Jul 12, 2014, 6:51 PM
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Efforts to free prisoners of  involuntary financial crimes

Tehran, July 12, IRNA -- The Headquarters for Blood Money has in the past 24 years freed more than 80,000 prisoners who committed involuntary financial crimes, said the head of the headquarters.

Sunday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Asadollah Jolaei as saying that efforts are underway to free such prisoners, including those sentenced to jail for not being able to pay car accident compensation, blood money, dowry and alimony.

He noted that the headquarters is expected to hold 1,187 donation ceremonies across the country to prepare the ground for freeing 7,849 prisoners of involuntary financial crimes in the current Iranian year (started March 21).

The official also said $145 million are required for the release of prisoners.

Jolaei said 2,044 dowry prisoners are in the country, urging Iranian families to change their views about the marriage of youths.

"The financial capabilities of grooms should be taken into account while determining the dowry," he said.

The official added that 3,344 people are in prisons for issuing bad checks, stressing that efforts should be made to raise public awareness about the risk involved.

A total of 7,735 prisoners, who committed involuntary financial crimes, were freed in the last Iranian year.

Jolaei put the total financial commitments of freed prisoners at $276.66 million, adding that $176,000 of which have been forgiven by the creditors.

Since third-party insurance has become mandatory as of 2008, the number of those sentenced to prison for not paying car accident compensation and blood money has declined significantly.