Iraqi VP wants parliament to issued pardons for detainees

October 28, 2007 13:13


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Iraq's Sunni vice president wants President Jalal Talabani to push parliament to pardon security detainees who aren't what he called "dangerous elements" that would rejoin the insurgency, Tareq al-Hashemi's office said Sunday. The request to Talabani and Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the other vice president, is the latest move in a vigorous campaign by al-Hashemi, a Sunni Arab, to win the release of thousands of detainees held in Iraqi and US-run detention facilities without charge. Nearly 90 percent of the estimated 25,000 Iraqis held by the US military are believed to be members of the once-dominant Sunni Arab minority, a fact that Sunni politicians say is evidence of sectarian policies of the Shi'ite-dominated government.

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