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Review Board Sends 180 Security Detainees Home

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 30, 2004 – About 180 detainees were released from U.S.- run detention facilities in Iraq today as a result of deliberations by the Combined Review and Release Board.

The board was conducted by Multinational Force Iraq in cooperation with the interim Iraqi government's ministries of justice, human rights and interior.

This was the third release conducted since the board convened Aug. 21 to review the files of security internees not already scheduled for prosecution on criminal charges before the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, officials explained. The board has six Iraqi officials -- two from each of the ministries -- and three MNF-I officers.

About 600 detainees have been released since August as a result of the CRRB's recommendations. As of today, the board has considered more than 1,800 individual cases. About one-third of those cases have resulted in releases, while another third have been recommended for release with a guarantor. The guarantor program requires a leader of good standing from the detainee's community to take responsibility for the individual as he is reintegrated into that community.

Detainees recommended by the board for further internment will have their files evaluated for criminal prosecution. Those not prosecuted will have their cases reviewed by the board every 90 to 120 days to determine if internment remains necessary based on the threat each detainee poses to the security of Iraq, officials said.

After today's release, about 1,700 security internees remain at the Abu Ghraib detention facility, and 3,500 at Camp Bucca detention facility near Umm Qasr.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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