Monday, December 18, 2006

Former Iraqi minister escapes prison

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's former electricity minister, a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen, has escaped from police custody, an Iraqi official said Monday.

Ayham al-Samaraie escaped Sunday with help from members of a security company he had hired to protect him before his arrest, said Faris Kareem, deputy head of Iraq's Public Integrity Commission. The anti-corruption panel had brought charges against him.

Al-Samaraie was convicted in October of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison.

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