22 January 2013, 22:24

Iraq frees 888 prisoners

Iraq frees 888 prisoners

The Iraqi authorities have released 888 prisoners in response to rallies by Sunni minority in western and northern Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani told a news conference in Baghdad on Tuesday.

According to him, later, more than one thousand prisoners will be released on bail.

In January, the Deputy Prime Minister set up a committee to meet the demand of protesting Sunnis.

Sunnis accuse the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government of attempting to isolate the Sunni minority.

Voice of Russia, IF

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