Jul 9 2012
By Laith Jawad
There are 200 Saudi citizens languishing in Iraq jails mainly for involvement in acts of terrorism and Iraq wants to have themrepatriated with Iraqi inmates in Saudi prisons, the Ministry of Justice says.
The ministry’s spokesperson Haydar al-Saadi also said there were 200 Iranians in Iraqi jails and Baghdad was working to exchange them with Iraqis held by Iran.
He said the government has approved two agreements, one with Saudi Arabia and the other with Iran, for the repatriation of convicts.
He said the ministry was concerned about the well-being of Iraqis jailed in both countries and wanted to see them spend the rest of their jail terms close “to their relatives and beloved ones at home.”
“There are 182 Iraqis in Saudi jails and 200 in Iran,” he said. “Saudis held by Iraq number 200 and most of them are charged with carrying out terrorist acts. There are 200 Iranians in Iraqi jails.”
But the two agreements need ratification by the parliament to enter into force, Saadi said.
The parliamentary judicial commission says Iraqi legislators will give the two agreements a priority.
“We shall vote on both agreements this month so that the government starts the repatriation,” said Janan Yassin, a member of the commission.
She said the commission has examined both draft laws and its members have unanimously agreed to put them before the parliament for approval.
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