이라크 주둔 미군은 이라크 당국의 요청에 따라 아부 그라이브 수용소 수감자 약 천명을 석방했다고 밝혔습니다.

27일 발표된 미군 성명은 수감자 석방은 민주주의와 법치를 향한 이라크의 진전에 대한 이정표를 나타내는 것이라고 전했습니다.

미군 대변인은 석방된 수감자들이 살인이나 폭파, 납치 같은 중대 범죄나 폭력 범죄를 저지르지 않았으며 폭력을 부정해 왔다고 말했습니다.

 

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The U.S. military says it has released about one-thousand prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison after Iraqi authorities requested they be set free.

In a statement released today (Saturday), the military said the release represented a major milestone in Iraq's progress towards democracy and the rule of law. It said the prisoners had been brought to Abu Ghraib from detention facilities across Iraq, and had been released over the last four days.

A U.S. military spokesman said the released prisoners were not guilty of serious or violent crimes (such as bombing, kidnapping, torture or murder) and have renounced violence.

The move, the largest prisoner release to date, followed appeals by Sunni representatives for the United States

to release thousands of prisoners who have been languishing in jail for months without being charged.