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Two Romanian Workers Detained In Iraq By Coalition Forces January 31, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.

BUCHAREST (AP)–Two Romanian workers have been detained by coalition forces in Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

The two, a carpenter and an electrician identified as Adrian Gancean and Nelu Ilie, were detained on Oct. 31 after they allegedly took pictures and filmed without permission in a U.S. military base in Iraq, state news agency Rompres reported.

They had been working at the base for a U.S. contractor since May 2006, maintaining installations for bottling water.

On Wednesday, the foreign ministry said it was providing assistance to the workers and it received assurances from U.S. authorities on Monday they would get a speedy hearing.

“On Nov. 26, Romanian diplomats from Baghdad visited the two Romanian citizens at the military base where they are detained and found they were in normal detention conditions and with no special health problems,” the statement said.

The ministry said it would work to speed up the judicial and administrative procedures to clarify the situation.

In Brussels, President Traian Basescu said Wednesday the two were held on suspicion of “illegal activities,” but he was confident the situation would be resolved according to law.

Romania, a staunch U.S. ally, has 600 troops in Iraq and 800 in Afghanistan.


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