Five Indians detained by Iraqi authorities for crossing the border from Kuwait on July 14 have been acquitted by a court in Basra in Southern Iraq and have returned safely to the Gulf state, official sources said.
This was conveyed to Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed by Indian Ambassador to Kuwait M Ganapati on Tuesday, they said.
The five Indians were employed by a KGL, a Kuwaiti company, they said. "Our embassies in Kuwait and Baghdad were in constant touch with the company officials as well as the Kuwaiti and Iraqi authorities to ensure their release," sources said.
The five were acquitted by the Basra court on August 10. The release and repatriation formalities took another ten days.