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DOD to push for Iraqi terror charges against AP photographer

[JURIST] The US military will recommend that an Associated Press (AP) photographer accused of collaborating with Iraqi insurgents be charged in Iraqi courts, a Department of Defense [official website] spokesperson said Monday. AP photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials] has been in US military custody since April 2006, detained for allegedly possessing equipment to construct roadside bombs. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Monday that additional evidence uncovered since Hussein's arrest further indicates that he is a terrorist agent; evidence will be turned over to Iraq's Central Criminal Court later this month. AP called for Hussein's release and accused the military of denying Hussein his due process rights. AP has more. Reuters has additional coverage.

In December 2006, the Committee to Protect Journalists released a report [text; JURIST report] in which it noted that the US is currently detaining three journalists, Hussein and al-Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj [CPJ report].

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