Skip to comments.Iraq panel orders release of US held AP photographer (Bilal Hussein)
Posted on 04/09/2008 12:53:39 PM PDT by james500
An Iraqi judicial committee has ordered the release of an Associated Press photographer held by the U.S. military in Iraq for two years and dismissed terrorism-related accusations against him, the news agency said on Wednesday.
The U.S. military has accused Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi, of working with insurgents in Iraq. He was seized in April 2006 in Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province, and has been imprisoned without charge ever since.
The AP reported that a four-judge panel in Baghdad ruled that Hussein's case falls under a new amnesty law and ordered Iraqi courts to "cease legal proceedings." The ruling also said Hussein should be immediately released if no other charges are pending.
In a statement, Tom Curley, the Associated Press president, hailed the decision and demanded that officials "finally do the right thing" and free Bilal Hussein.
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How about, “We can’t. We’ve misplaced him.”?
“The U.S. military has accused Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi, of working with insurgents in Iraq. He was seized in April 2006 in Ramadi, capital of western Anbar province, and has been imprisoned without charge ever since.”
Sounds like he was charged with helping out insurgents.
Why did they write that he was accused of something and then write that he was being held without charge?
Great. Release him into a hogpen at feeding time.
***The ruling also said Hussein should be immediately released if no other charges are pending.***
First, if he had not been charged with any crimes before then there can be no “other” charges pending. Second, change him on other charges.
It seems there are other charges.
****U.S. military authorities have said a U.N. Security Council mandate allows them to retain custody of a detainee they believe is a security risk even if an Iraqi judicial body has ordered that prisoner freed. The U.N. mandate is due to expire at the end of this year.
Also, the amnesty committee's ruling on Hussein may not cover a separate allegation that has been raised in connection with the case.****
Where have I heard that name before? Hussein, mmmm.
Barack Hussein Obama, no that's not it.
And if there were no charges, why would the court order that legal proceedings AGAINST him be stopped?
The Iraqi judicial committee dismissed those particular charges based on their amnesty law. I’m sure it will be spun by the left as a repudiation of the accusations against him when it was actually just a bureaucratic action without consideration of the merits of the case.
The amnesty law also gives the US military the right to continue to detain anyone they feel a danger. He’s obviously an enemy propagandist and dangerous.
They are claiming that the charges "no longer apply".
Sounds like they know he was guilty as charged.
But of course AP would rally behind the guy. They’ve rallied behind Al Qaeda for five years.
We will release him immediately. Will his next of kin please be sure to bring proper photo identification so we can ensure we release the body to the correct family members.
I hope we didnt put panties on his head.
And it’s a good reason. Thanks for your note of agreement.
I remember that picture. That was the one where they ADDED a lot more smoke wasn’t it?
His name is B.Hussein??
Could they walk him out of the prison gates and then gun him in down in the entry courtyard, as was done to General Ivan Raddek in the movie "Air Force One"? That would be dramatic, entertaining, and useful.
"I gotta have more SMOKE!"
That would be awesome!
It would show those Iraqis that you can change the regime, but the game's the same...Saddam or US, the guns rule over the courts!
U.S. military authorities have said a U.N. Security Council mandate allows them to retain custody of a detainee they believe is a security risk even if an Iraqi judicial body has ordered that prisoner freed. The U.N. mandate is due to expire at the end of this year.
Yeah, it will be SO awesome when a U.N. mandate is passed that says U.S. courts have no jurisdiction in the US and that other countries can come in and hold us prisoner if they think we're a threat, regardless of national sovereignty! Can you believe there are some evil folks out there (called "conservatives") who don't think that the U.N. should trump a nation's own courts? What knuckle-draggers!
Or we could try to demonstrate that we, ourselves, are not afraid of a free civilian judicial system, not afraid of democracy.
Confirms my theory—we should’ve just shot his ass and called it good.
Bilal should die so perhaps that's why they want him released...so they can make him dead. That would be a fine solution and an excellent message to the Democrat media.
His name is Hussein, and he works for AP.
Must be tough for AP - good insurgent stringers are getting harder to find.