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Iraq justice official says five women prisoners to be released

[JURIST] An Iraqi Justice Ministry [Global Security backgrounder] official said Wednesday that 424 prisoners, including five women , have "completed their legal procedures" and will be released from US custody. The US has confirmed [JURIST report] that eight women are being held in Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] and Iraqi officials said last week that six female detainees would be released [JURIST report]. The US has said that there are no imminent plans [JURIST report] to release the detainees, though officials have said that they still expect the women to be released [JURIST report]. The militant group that has kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll [CNN profile, CSM updates] threatened to kill her unless all women prisoners in Iraq were freed by last Friday. There has been no word from the kidnappers and the US has insisted that it will not negotiate with the group. Reuters has more.

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