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Iraqi Shia leader calls for release of Qatari kidnap victims

December 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm

The representative of Iraq’s top Shia spiritual leader called on Friday for the release of the Qataris kidnapped in Iraq, has reported.

A group of armed Iraqis kidnapped 26 Qataris in Iraq for a “hunting” trip earlier this month. The men were in a camp near the Saudi border at the time. At least nine others fled and crossed into Kuwait.

Speaking on behalf of Ayatollah Ali Sistani, his representative Ahmed Al-Safi called for the men to be released, “wherever they are.” His appeal was broadcast on Karbala TV. “We condemn politically-motivated kidnapping, including the latest incident, the victims of which were in Iraq legally.”

On Tuesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari denied that the government had anything to do with the kidnapping.