US extends Iraq detention of Reuters cameraman; second cameraman released

US extends Iraq detention of Reuters cameraman; second cameraman released

[JURIST] A US military tribunal in Iraq has ruled that a Reuters cameraman being held without charge in Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] will be detained for another six months while the US reviews its case against him. Iraqi Ali Omar Abrahem al-Mashhadani was arrested on August 8 and will not be allowed to see a lawyer, family, or anyone else for the first sixty days of his detention. A second Reuters cameraman, Haider Kadhem, was arrested after being wounded in a shooting that killed a colleague. Kadhem was released Wednesday [Reuters report], although the military says the investigation is ongoing. Reuters has demanded the release [AP report] of both men, and is currently seeking details of the accusations against them. Two media rights groups last week called for the release of the journalists [JURIST report]. The Guardian has more.