Most of these prisoners were senior officers including brigadier generals or had higher ranks in the Iraqi army. Some of them were pilots, members of the special forces, the Republican Guard, navy, infantry, the missile unit, or were experts and scientists in Iraq's former Military Industrialisation Organisation.
The prisoners are currently being held in al Hout Prison in southern Iraq, al Kadhimiya Prison in Baghdad or in two other prisons in Babil and Basra provinces. They are being held under high level security measures, despite their old age with may suffering from serious health problems.
Last week, the chief of staff of the Iraqi army and the commander of former Republican Guard, Eyad Khalifa Ftaih al Rawi, 76, died in prison after he had had a stroke. His daughters and sons were not allowed to see him before he died.