NINEVEH PLAIN: Minister Evan Jabro demands transfer of prison in Syriac Chaldean town of Tel Kepe beyond the city limits

BAGHDAD, TEL KEPE – The Syriac Chaldean Minister of Immigration and Displacement in the Iraqi government Ivan Faeq Jabro, received the Minister of Justice Salar Abdul Sattar at the Ministry in Baghdad. According to a press release, the two ministers discussed the dossier of displaced families, their return to their home residences in the Nineveh Plain and facilitating the compensation and (re-)registration of plots of land belonging to displaced citizens in all districts and cities located in the Nineveh Plain according to a damaged areas compensation scheme. Minister of Justice Judge Salar Abdel Sattar expressed his intention to facilitate the IDPs swift and smooth return in coordination with the real estate registration departments and the relevant ministries to assist displaced families and eliminate bureaucratic hurdles.

The Syriac Chaldean Minister stressed also the need to take into account the feelings of returning families in their home areas, especially with regards to the Tel Kepe District in the Nineveh Plain. She pointed to the presence of the Tasfirat Prison in the center of Tel Kepe which holds thousands of convicts. Minister Jabro demanded the prison be moved beyond the city limits because of the residents’ concerns and the possible danger this prison might pose to them. Tel Kepe is a Syriac Chaldean town just outside the city of Mosul. In Syriac Tel Kepe mean “Hill of Stones”.

In related news, Minister Jabro also expressed her categorical rejection of the idea of ​​relocating ISIS families from the al-Hol camp in the countryside of the Syrian city of al-Hasakah to the al-Amla camp in al-Zammar district, northern Iraq. The Iraqi government has spent three billion Iraqi dinars on the al-Amla camp but the camp remains empty because of the rejection of residents and Iraqi representatives from the Nineveh Governate.

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