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Retrial postponed for Iraqi in Briton's death

Retrial postponed for Iraqi in Briton's death

An Iraqi man convicted in the 2004 kidnapping and slaying of a prominent British aid worker claims he was out of the country at the time of the killing and that he should be released.
The Irish-born Margaret Hassan was among the highest profile figures to fall victim to the wave of kidnappings that swept the country in the early years of the war. The 59-year-old was the director of CARE international in Iraq.
Last year, an Iraqi court convicted Ali Lutfi al-Rawi on charges of kidnapping, murder and extortion in Hassan's case and sentenced him to life in prison.
A retrial had been scheduled for Monday but the attorney for Hassan's family, Sarmad al-Sarraf, says it has been postponed until April 18 while authorities try to determine whether al-Rawi was out of Iraq as he claims.


Updated : 2021-07-26 10:33 GMT+08:00