Saudi Arabia, Iraq to sign prisoner exchange agreement

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Iraqi Justice Minister Hasan al-Shammari will meet his Saudi counterpart Dr. Ghanem al-Jumaili on March 12th to sign a prisoner exchange agreement between the two countries, Saudi Arabia's al-Watan reported Thursday (February 23rd).

The delegation accompanying the Iraqi Minister of Justice is expected to include members of parliament's human rights committee and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Association for Human Rights.

The agreement covers an exchange of prisoners who received less sentences less severe than death sentences. The two sides will discuss a protocol that Iraqi officials submitted to address cases involving death row prisoners.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq previously signed an agreement to delay execution of each country's death row prisoners for two months until they could decide how to include them in the prisoner exchange agreement, which is scheduled to be signed next month.

There are 113 Saudi prisoners in Iraq, including six on death row, and 138 Iraqi prisoners are in Saudi Arabia, including 11 on death row.