An Iraqi government minister admitted for the first time that the convicted killer of Irish aid worker Margaret Hassan escaped from prison almost a year ago.
Ali Lutfi Jassar al-Rawi, who was sentenced to life in 2009 for Hassan’s murder, fled out of Central Baghdad Prison on Sept. 10, 2009.
“This guy, he escaped from prison,” Busho Ibrahim, Iraq’s deputy justice minister, told AFP Aug. 22. “People facilitated his escape, he is gone.”
He added: “At that time, he seized the opportunity of the riots in the prison in September 2009 and he escaped. He was the only one who escaped.”
Authorities had “investigated the groups that facilitated his escape” and several people “were arrested and going to court,” Ibrahim said but did not specify the number of conspirators involved.