Escape in Iraq

A former Iraqi-American minister of electricity, held on corruption charges, has reportedly escaped from prison.


Alex Koppelman
December 18, 2006 9:39PM (UTC)

We were talking just a little while ago about the drastic measures taken during the detention of Donald Vance. Well, now it seems that all those procedures were for naught; apparently, they don't quite prevent escapes.

The New York Times is reporting that Aiham Alsammarae, a former electricity minister (and dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen) who was in jail on charges of corruption, has made his second escape.

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Alsammarae's lawyer denies the allegations, saying his client is out on bail, but the Times has several sources saying it was in fact a prison break.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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