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Iranian pilgrims under arrest in Iraq to be freed

Baghdad, Nov 22, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Saturday that some 86 Iranian pilgrims under arrest in Iraq for not having valid papers will be set free soon.

Iraqi presidential council accepted a request made by the country's Premier Nouri Al-Maleki for freeing the Iranian pilgrims who illegally entered the country and were kept in custody.

"We hope all Iranian in the list to be freed," Qomi said.

"The issue was on the agenda in talks with the Iraqi prime minister." The Iranian ambassador once again called the Iranian pilgrims to avoid illegal travel to Iraq.

Asked whether the Iranian diplomats taken captives by the US forces in Iraq are among those to set free, the ambassador said that Iran is seriously pursuing the latest status and freedom of Iranian diplomats kidnapped by US forces in Iraq through legal channels.

Iranian businessman freed from Iraqi prison after 100 days

Khorramshahr, Khuzestan prov, Nov 22, IRNA - An Iranian merchant kept in an Iraqi prison for 100 days was released and returned to Iran from Shalamcheh border point in southern Iran.

Local border commander, Colonel Naqib Fatemi, told IRNA that the Iranian businessman, Heidar Mirzaian, was arrested in Iraq for possessing extra dollars.

Meanwhile, Mirzaian said that he had found "psychological problems" during his detention in the Iraqi prison.

He complained about "unacceptable conditions of the Iraqi jail.

The businessman said that most of the Iranian pilgrims have been arrested by the Iraqi police for illegal entry to that country.

Mirzaian said that Iranian prisoners are suffering from difficult ordeal and nervous breakdown in Iraqi prisons.

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