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Iraqi police return discs seized in RIA bureau search


BAGHDAD, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Iraqi police have now returned to RIA Novosti floppy discs and audiotapes that were seized during a search in the news agency's Baghdad bureau on Wednesday.

Iraqi security forces searched the RIA premises this morning. They seized the tapes and computer software and examined the lease contracts and the IDs of Iraqi employees. RIA's Iraqi translator, Yasin Abbas, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for questioning, but when he arrived at the ministry, officials there told him the problem had already been settled and returned all the seized papers.

Iraq's ministries of justice and the interior sanctioned the search in the RIA Novosti bureau, but the reasons for the move have not been disclosed.

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