President Truong Tan Sang ordered the release of more than 10,000 prisoners, including 11 foreigners, as part of the annual National Day amnesty, Vietnam Television reported Sunday.
They made up 10 percent of the total number of inmates in prisons and detention centers around the country, according to Deputy Minister of Public Security Lieutenant-general Le Quy Vuong.
Most of the prisoners, of whom more than 1,300 are women, were freed before their term ended, with 300 having their sentence suspended.
Last year too more than 10,000 prisoners had been amnestied for National Day, which falls on September 2.
Vietnam normally amnesties prisoners during major national holidays like Lunar New Year (Tet).