Iraq coordinating internationally to extradite clean-handed foreigners

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Baghdad ( Iraq is arranging with world countries for the handover of foreigners who had been proved innocent of criminal activity in the country, a government spokesman was quoted saying on Wednesday.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesperson of the media office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said, as quoted by Alhurra, that “Iraq will coordinate with the countries of detainees who had been proved innocent of crimes, including murders and bombings, in Iraq, to hand them over”.

According to Hadithi, all foreign terrorists, including women, who had committed violations against the Iraqi people, either directly or through the provision of assistance, will be tried based on Iraqi laws”.

Iraq is holding hundreds of foreign wives and children of Islamic State militants who were captured as Iraqi forces gradually seized back territories held by the extremist group since 2014. The government declared victory over IS last December.

Last Monday, Iraq’s judiciary ordered the extradition of a French woman who had been arrested, along with her four children, in the city of Mosul, the birthplace of Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate” in Iraq. She was convicted of illegal entry to the country. She was handed a seven-month jail term and released upon ending her stretch.

Hundreds of foreign Islamic State militants were killed, wounded or arrested during the campaign backed by a U.S.-led coalition.

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