100 detainees released from U.S. military prisons in Iraq
Another 100 prisoners have been released from U.S. military prisons in Iraq through the auspices of a joint review board, the U.S. military said Friday.
All of the detainees were men, officials said. Kidnappers of both American journalist Jill Carroll and two German engineers have demanded in the past that all females in U.S. custody be released. A previous release of prisoners last month included five women, but officials said their inclusion had nothing to do with the kidnappers’ demands.
The releases are done through the Combined Review and Release Board, which was established in August 2004 and consists of Iraqi respresentatives from the Ministries of Human Rights, Justice and Interior, as well as military officers from the U.S.-led Multi-National Force-Iraq.
The board has reviewed more than 28,500 cases, recommending more than 14,900 prisoners for release.
In 13,644 cases, the board voted, by a simple majority, that the detainee remained an imminent threat to the security of Iraq and should remain detained.
Some 375 cases, divided among three boards, are heard each of three days the boards sit. That translates to an average of 20 cases heard per hour, and a case decided every three minutes.