Thousands of detainees released in Iraq

Thousands of Iraqi detainees are also held in prisons run by the US military.

Thousands of detainees released in Iraq
Iraqi authorities announced Tuesday that they have released 81,397 detainees this week under a new amnesty.

The detainees have been released from prisons run by Iraq's government under the amnesty law that was passed by parliament in February.

Some 37,912 of the detainees were released on bail, judge Abdel- Sattar al-Bairaqdar, the spokesman for the high court council, told the state daily al-Sabah.

At least 24,534 people, who are wanted by the authorities, were given amnesty under the law, the judge said.

Legal committees are now looking into requests for amnesty filed by many detainees whose previous requests have been rejected. The new law gives the right of appeal.

Thousands of Iraqi detainees are also held in prisons run by the US military.

Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc, the Iraqi Accord Front, said passage of the law would speed up its return to the Shia-led coalition government and help heal sectarian divisions.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2008, 16:37
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