Last Updated: Mon May 07, 2012 15:38 pm (KSA) 12:38 pm (GMT)

Iraqi court to free Hezbollah commander accused of U.S. killings

Ali Musa Daqduq, an alleged fighter in Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, was accused of plotting the killing of five U.S. soldiers. (AFP)
Ali Musa Daqduq, an alleged fighter in Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, was accused of plotting the killing of five U.S. soldiers. (AFP)

An Iraqi court on Monday ruled that a Hezbollah commander accused of plotting the killing of five U.S. soldiers in January 2007 should be released from custody over a lack of evidence, his lawyer said.

Ali Musa Daqduq, an alleged fighter in Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, was handed over to Iraqi authorities in December as U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from the country nearly nine years after the invasion of Iraq.

“The Central Criminal Court of Iraq issued a ruling to release Ali Daqduq today, Monday, because of a lack of evidence,” his lawyer Abdulmahdi al-Mutairi told AFP.

“No document was provided that indicates the guilt of Daqduq, and all of what was shown to the court were copies and not originals. There was no testimony and the charges had no foundation.”

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