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New sit-in staged for release of Tunisian prisoners in Iraq.

TUNIS (TAP) - About ten relatives of Tunisian prisoners in Iraq have staged Monday morning a sit-in in front of the Foreign Ministry to urge the Interim Government to bring them back home.

21 Tunisians are jailed in Iraq and 160 others are reported missing, said Ahlem Issa, Secretary-General of the Association of relatives of prisoners and people reported missing in Iraq.

"Under the agreement signed by the Tunisian and Iraqi presidents, our children should normally have been back home," she affirmed. "We have been requesting the assistance of the ministries in charge for two months but unfortunately we have had no favourable reply," she said.

"The Government is turning a deaf ear each time we ask to get the papers of our jailed children in order," says Youssef Bezdouri, father of a Tunisian held in Iraq since 2004.

Latifa, whose son has been reported missing for several years, is claiming at least to have "a piece of information'' about him.

People staging this sit-in are claiming that a delegation made up of representatives of the civil society, lawyers and political figures, be sent to Iraq to release their children.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
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Date:Jul 9, 2012
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