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IRAQ FREES 4,000 PRISONERS IN 2013

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Iraq has freed 4,000 prisoners since the beginning of 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Al-Shahristani said on 28 February, in an apparent bid to placate protesters in Sunni areas of the country. Demands of the protesters, who have been demonstrating for weeks, include the release of prisoners they say have been wrongfully detained, and the ouster of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Shahristani gave the figures at a ceremony marking the release of 160 prisoners on 28 February, and said that some freed prisoners can request compensation if they were not guilty of a crime. Some of the prisoners had been detained for as many as 10 years.



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