Jordanian foreign ministry calls for release of compatriots jailed in Iraq

13:47, January 21, 2011      

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Jordanian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was closely following the situation of Jordanian prisoners in Iraq and called for the release of them.

Jordan was coordinating with Iraqi authorities through its embassy in Baghdad to check on the situation of Jordanians jailed in Iraq and to address their needs, said Mohammad Kayed, spokesperson of the foreign ministry, in a statement.

Jordanian prisoners in Iraq started a hunger strike on Monday, claiming some of them were tortured.

There are about 33 Jordanians jailed in Iraq, according to the Arab Organization for Human Rights, which repeatedly called on the government to intensify efforts for the release of Jordanian prisoners abroad.

The foreign ministry called for the release of these prisoners and was coordinating with authorities concerned to facilitate their return to the Arab kingdom, the statement said.

According to Kayed, a special committee has been formed at the Jordanian embassy in Iraq on this issue.

Source: Xinhua
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