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184 MPs call for extradition of Iranian convicts from Kuwait

In a letter to President Mohammad Khatami, 184 MPs called for extradition of Iranian convicts from Kuwait to serve their remaining jail terms in Iran, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Member of Majlis board of directors, Ibrahim Amini read out the letter at the Majlis formal session.

The letter says, "The Iranian noble laborers have been enjoying a good status in the neighboring Arab countries, specially Kuwait, over the recent years.

"They are representatives of good background who have always done their best to protect Iran's honors and secure the economic and political interests of their homeland," he added.

Turning to the long presence of Iranian laborers in Kuwait, he said that they have exercised acceptable behavior in full respect without facing the slightest protest from their hosts which is a good proof to the fact.

It further regretted that a few individuals who have recently been either charged or convicted of carrying narcotics, are going to question Iranian laborers' bright record.

"On the other hand, their detention in Kuwaiti prisons and lack of contact with their families, in particular their children, has exposed their families to numerous risks and harm," added the letter.

The MPs reiterated that a number of deputies and government officials are determined to hold talks with the officials of the friendly neighboring country of Kuwait.

"They intend to call for the cooperation of Majlis, the cabinet and Judiciary to draw up and ratify a bill termed 'Judicial Assistance and Exchange of Prisoners' to authorize the return of the convicts to Iran to serve the rest of their prison terms at home.

"The move is also approved by Kuwait," added the letter. The letter further called on the president to use his full influence with Kuwaiti officials to settle the issue shortly.

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