Iraq releases suspected Hezbollah element “Daquq”

Baghdad (AIN) –The suspected Hezbollah operative, Ali Mussa Daqduq, was freed by Iraqi authorities and flew to Lebanon on Friday after an Iraqi court acquitted him of involvement in the killing of five U.S. soldiers, his lawyer stressed.

“There was no reason for his detention. Last night the decision was made to release him. He is out now and arrived in Beirut two hours ago,” Daqduq’s lawyer said in a press statement. Earlier this year, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured that he had received assurances from Iraq it would not release Daqduq, even though an Iraqi court had cleared him of the charges.

Daqduq was captured in March 2007 and initially said he was a deaf mute. US forces accused him of being a surrogate for Iran’s elite Quds force operatives and say he joined the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah in 1983. /End/

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