Subscribe Register Login

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:47 a.m.
Top Picks - Mobile App

Iraq orders release of 11 women from prison

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 3, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.

— Iraqi authorities on Thursday ordered the release of 11 women facing criminal charges and pledged to transfer other women prisoners to jails in their home provinces, in a move to address a main demand during a wave of protests by the country’s Sunni minority against the Baghdad government.

The demonstrations erupted following the arrest of bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, one of the central government’s most senior Sunni officials. The protests tap into deeper Sunni feelings of perceived discrimination and unfair application of laws against their sect by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, another high-ranking Sunni official, is living in exile in Turkey after he was handed multiple death sentences in absentia for allegedly running death squads, a charge he dismisses as politically motivated.

Justice Ministry spokesman Haider al-Saadi said the families of the imprisoned women can secure their release by paying bail. He added that 13 Sunni women convicted on criminal charges will be transferred from a Baghdad jail to prisons in their home provinces of Anbar, Salahuddin and Ninevah to serve out their sentences.

The detention of female prisoners has been a focus of the demonstrations, but it was not clear whether the decision to release some of them will satisfy the protesters.

Comments on: Iraq orders release of 11 women from prison

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Therapist

    Line s for Autism Waiver positions available in these areas:...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Class a cdl driver

    class a cdl driver w/Haz-mat & tanker endorsement. Exc. pay,...
    HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, AR

  • Certified forklift drivers 2nd

    shift — 2 yrs exp, stand-up, sit down & cherry picker; inve...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Sales/warehouse highly motivated

    individual. Must have experience in retail flooring sales a...
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Do&pa,apn&np

    do , apn, pa, & Nurse practitionerFax resume 501-771-4885 or...
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 796 jobs >

Top Picks - Mobile App
Arkansas Online