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US resident released from Baghdad prison

[JURIST] Iraqi-born US resident Numan Adnan Al-Kaby was released from a US prison in Baghdad Tuesday, after attorneys from the ACLU [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit calling for his release [JURIST report; ACLU press release] last week. The US government continued to detain Al-Kaby despite a July US military tribunal determination that he was not involved in the mortar attack that led to his arrest. A federal court hearing was scheduled for Thursday to determine why Al-Kaby was not released after the July decision, but the US Department of Justice [official website] filed court papers yesterday to explain that the US military obtained additional information on Al-Kaby, and just completed their investigation last Friday. Upon his release, the US government requested that Al Kaby's complaint [PDF text] be dismissed as moot. One of Al-Kaby's ACLU attorneys said the DOJ's explanation was a "bold-faced lie" and made accusations that other innocent people are being illegally detained in Iraq. Wednesday's Washington Post has more.

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