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1,000 Iraqi detainees to be released: minister
www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-03 01:47:48

   BAGHDAD, Oct. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Bekhtiar Ameen, the Iraqi minister of human rights, announced a plan to release 1,000 Iraqi detainees for the occasion of Ramadan, the holy fasting month of Muslims,Azzaman newspaper reported Sunday.

   The detainees to be released are from the notorious prison ofAbu Ghoraib, west of Baghdad, and the prison of Om Qasir, in the city of Basra south of Iraq, the report said.

   "The release papers of 800 of the detainees had already been finished, and nine of them were refused bail," said the minister without explaining the reasons.

   He pointed out that the rest of the procedures would be finished within the coming few days.

   Ameen denied the holding of any Iraqi women for security purposes in American detention, and pointed out that there are 97 women who are sentenced for committing criminal acts.

   The minister also said more than 17,000 Iraqi were injured in the military operations of the past few months, and emphasized that there are violations of human rights by the American forces and the Iraqi police and national guards.enditem

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