Iraqi gets life sentence for Briton's kidnap death

June 2, 2009 14:24

An Iraqi man accused in the 2004 kidnapping and slaying of British aid worker Margaret Hassan has been sentenced to life in prison. The judge convicted and handed down the sentence against Ali Lutfi al-Rawi Tuesday in an Iraqi court in Baghdad. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murder. Hassan, 59, was the director of CARE international in Iraq when she was abducted in Baghdad in October 2004. She was later shown on a video pleading for her life and calling on then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to withdraw troops from Iraq. She was killed a month later, but her body has never been found.

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