BAGHDAD/ Aswat al-Iraq: Premier Nouri al-Maliki stressed today that "some" of the protestors' demands are "legitimate", pointing he will follow them personally, particularly related to women prisoners.
He ordered to form a special committee comprising clergymen, elder people and judges to investigate the situations in Iraqi prisons, pointing the shortcomings and reform them immediately.
Following a meeting with some clergymen, including Sunni Mufti Sheikh Mehdi al-Sumaida'i, a statement was issued, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq.
The meeting was held amid the efforts to have dialogues with protestors and implementing their "legitimate" demands raised during the demonstrations, according to the statement.
The delegation will collect the names and complaints to follow their cases, the statement added.This is the first initiative by Premier Maliki to minimize the increasing tensions in Anbar, Salahal-Din, Ninewa and other provinces on the light of arresting finance minister's bodyguards on 20 December instant and the demands of thousands of demonstrators to rectify the political process, release innocent prisoners and detainees, stopping violations against them and halting neglecting policies against Sunni sect.