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Iraqi prisons allow Saudis to visit detained relatives

Iraqi lawyer Hamid Ahmed told Al-Watan daily that the prison administration has no objection to families visiting their sons

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The lawyer of Saudi detainees in Iraq conveyed Al-Nasriyah Prison Administration’s message permitting Saudi families whose sons are detained in Iraq to visit them in prison.

Iraqi lawyer Hamid Ahmed told Al-Watan daily that the prison administration has no objection to families visiting their sons.

The latest news comes at a time when Saudi-Iraqi relations are improving. There was a political breakthrough between the leaderships of the two countries with the Kingdom taking the first steps toward opening its embassy in Baghdad after a closure of 25 years.

Ahmed said he paid a 3-hour visit on Thursday to Saudi detainees in the Iraqi prison, his first visit in several months. He said during the visit he met Abdullah Azzam and Badr Owfan, men who have been sentenced to death. He said both of them were in good health.

Ahmed said the demands of Azzam and Owfan include activating an agreement for the exchange of prisoners, permission to call and receive remittances from their families.

A version of this article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Feb.8, 2015.