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Detainees Released from Abu Ghraib

Baghdad, Iraq
- The Multi-National Force released about 230 security detainees today from its theater internment facility at Abu Ghraib. This was the second release this month, with 260 detainees released on Jan. 1

A review board consisting of six Iraqi officials and three senior officers of the Multi-National Force determined that these individuals no longer pose a security threat, or could be released to guarantors in their communities who take responsibility for their future actions.

Over 9,000 detainees were released last year, with about 1,000 releases occurring in December alone.

The Combined Review and Release Board, which reviews the cases of every detainee held by the Multi-National Force, has considered over 5,600 files since it started meeting on August 22. As a result, it has recommended about 1,900 releases, 1,700 releases to guarantors, and 2,000 for continued internment as risks to the security of Iraq. The board meets on a continuous basis, ensuring every security detainee has a review every 90 - 120 days.

As of today, Multi-National Force-Iraq continues to hold about 7,100 security detainees at theater internment facilities. 5,000 of the detainees are held at Camp Bucca, the primary detention facility located near Umm Qasr, and 2,100 are held at Abu Ghraib.

About 1,100 detainees have been identified for prosecution in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq for insurgent crimes such as possessing illegal weapons and attacking multi-national and Iraqi forces. The court has so far heard the cases of 217 detainees, finding 173 individuals guilty of crimes against the Multi-National Force and acquitting 44. Sentences handed down by the court have ranged from six months to 30 years, which are served in Iraqi civil prisons

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