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Iraqi Sentenced to Life for Killing of Aid Worker


A Baghdad court has sentenced an Iraqi man to life in prison for involvement in the kidnapping and killing of Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan in 2004.

The Iraqi court convicted the man, Ali Lutfi al-Rawi, in a one-day trial on Tuesday. He also faced charges of extortion in connection with Hassan's kidnapping. Al-Rawi had pleaded not guilty and accused authorities of torturing him into a confession.

Iraqi authorities arrested al-Rawi last year. He is the second person to be convicted in the Hassan case after another Iraqi man was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 for helping her kidnappers.

Hassan was a dual Irish and British citizen who married an Iraqi man and lived in Iraq for three decades, helping the country's poor. The 59-year-old was working as the head of the humanitarian group CARE International in Baghdad when she was abducted and killed in late 2004.

Hassan's body was never found. She was killed after appearing in several videos appealing for British forces to withdraw from Iraq.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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