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Iraq: ICRC facilitates return home of Iranian national

06-11-2007 News Release 07/113

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today facilitated the repatriation of an Iranian national released in Iraq.

The Iranian had been detained by the PJAK since the end of September in Northern Iraq. Prior to his release, ICRC staff, including a nurse, talked to him in private to ensure that he was able and willing to return home. ICRC staff then accompanied him to the Haji Omeran crossing, on Iraq's north-eastern border with Iran, where they handed him over to the Iranian authorities. 

The ICRC acted as a neutral intermediary with the agreement of all involved parties.

  For further information, please contact:
  Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel +41 22 730 25 90 or +41 79 251 93 18
  Hicham Hassan, ICRC Iraq, tel +962 65 52 39 94 or + 962 777 399 614
  Marcus Cott, ICRC Teheran, tel + 98 21 8878 67 23 or + 98 912 313 60 04