Faced with protest, Iraq frees hundreds of inmates

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

[PHOTO: Petty Officer 1st Class Carmchael Yepez/DVIDSHUB/CC BY 2.O]
Baghdad: The Iraqi government has released nearly 200 prisoners in an apparent an apparent concession to Sunni protesters demonstrating against the Shiite-led government.

The release comes close on the heels of several demonstrations held by tens of thousands of Iraqi especially in Sunni-dominated Anbar Province against what demonstrators say is discrimination by the Shi'ite-led government.  

As per officials information 178 inmates were released on January 14, bringing to 335 the number of detainees freed in the past week.

Remarkably, many of the detainees were released after a government review found that their jail terms had expired or insufficient evidence had been found to prosecute them.

In their protest demonstrator were demanded that inmates to be freed who were arrested under an antiterrorism law.

Notably, Protesters have also demanded for the resignation of Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

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