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Iran's envoy meets Iranian prisoners in Iraq


Iran's Consul General in Baghdad on Wednesday met with two Iranian documentarians and another 53 Iranians held prisoners at Um al-Qasr Prison, IRNA reported.

Soheil Karimi and Saeed Aboutaleb, two Iranian documentarians and IRIB staff members, were arrested by US forces on July 1 in southern Iraq while working on a documentary about life in Iraq. During the visit, the prisoners submitted letters, written to their family members, to the Iranian envoy to inform their relatives of their situation in Iraq.

According to the report, the prisoners are in good physical and mental health condition and the Iranian embassy in Baghdad is following up their cases through legal means.

The prisoners who were separately arrested and taken to Um al-Qasr Prison during the past three months, had had no possibility to contact their families.

The Iranian embassy in Baghdad, through an Iraqi lawyer, is seriously following up release of the arrested Iranians. The 53 imprisoned Iranians are mostly pilgrims who have entered Iraq illegally.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan recently, over 100 Iranian cinema artists and directors of documentary films urged him to push the occupying forces in Iraq to release the Iranian TV reporters.

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