Iraqi court rules for release of Daqduq

An Iraqi court has ordered the release of the last detainee handed over to Iraqi custody by the departing United States military, citing insufficient evidence to prosecute him on accusations that he orchestrated a deadly 2007 assault against American forces, his lawyer said Monday. Although the ruling was automatically appealed, it added fuel to concerns […]

Jacky Healy and Charlie Savage report for The New York Times:

An Iraqi court has ordered the release of the last detainee handed over to Iraqi custody by the departing United States military, citing insufficient evidence to prosecute him on accusations that he orchestrated a deadly 2007 assault against American forces, his lawyer said Monday.

Although the ruling was automatically appealed, it added fuel to concerns among American officials that transferring the prisoner, Ali Musa Daqduq, to Iraqi authorities in mid-December had cleared the way for his eventual release — a development that would constitute a propaganda coup for Iran and Shiite militias operating in Iraq.