Iraq acknowledges Briton's killer escaped

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 22, 2010 19:37

BAGHDAD — Iraq's deputy justice minister has acknowledged the convicted killer of British aid worker Margaret Hassan has escaped from prison.

The announcement is an embarrassment for authorities because it is being made 11 months after the escape and the victim's family had already made the news public last month.

Hassan's 2004 kidnapping and videotaped beheading prompted most international aid organizations to suspend activities in Iraq and evacuate foreign staff.

The deputy minister, Busho Ibrahim, said Sunday that authorities only discovered last month that Ali Lutfi al-Rawi was missing.

Al-Rawi was convicted last year but was granted a retrial after saying he was not in Iraq when Hassan was killed. The retrial has repeatedly been postponed.


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