|09-22-2004, 07:00 AM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Iraqi Judges Have Ordered Release of 3 Prisoners
They say it has nothing to with the demands of the hostage takers?
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi judges have ordered the conditional release of three prisoners in U.S. custody, including one of two women held by U.S. forces, the country's national security adviser said on Wednesday
British hostage Kenneth Bigley is seen in this video posted on the Internet September 18, 2004. Iraq's government said one of two women in U.S. custody would be freed on September 22, 2004, but insisted the move was unrelated to the demands of kidnappers who have killed two Americans and are threatening to kill Bigley. The Tawhid and Jihad group led by Jordanian al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in an Internet statement it had killed American Jack Hensley because its demands for the release of female prisoners from prisons in Iraq had not been met. (Reuters)
Kassim Daoud told a news conference that the release would be conditional and would not happen for a few days.
"Iraqi judges decided to release them because they didn't have any evidence. The judges decided on a conditional release. It will not happen today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow," he said.
Militants say they have killed two U.S. hostages and will behead a Briton unless Iraqi women are freed from U.S. prisons.
The U.S. embassy said earlier that neither of the two women in U.S. custody would be released imminently.