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Ammar al-Hakim released from detention by US troops

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 24, IRNA
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US forces have released Ammar al-Hakim, son of prominent Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz Hakim, Friday night after 11 hours in detention.

Hakim and his bodyguards were arrested Friday by US forces on the pretest his passport had expired, Mohsen al-Hakim, another son of the Shiite leader, told IRNA.

Abdel Aziz al-Hakim heads the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the main Shiite party in the country.

Commenting on what led to his brother's detention, Mohsen al-Hakim said that he was unlawfully arrested by US troops on the pretext his passport had expired.

He was released after 11 hours of detention and is now in the company of members of the local council of Kut province, said Mohsen al-Hakim.

He added that the US forces took some of the belongings of his brother.

Criticizing the detention of Ammar al-Hakim and his companions for the reason cited as "illegal," Mohsen al-Hakim said the responsibility of checking passports at entry points belongs to Iraqi police and not US troops.

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