Britain worried over Iraq jailbreak of aid worker's killer

22nd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain said it was "very concerned" Sunday after it emerged that a man convicted of murdering a British aid worker had escaped from prison in Iraq a year ago.

The Foreign Office added that "justice must be done" over the killing of 59-year-old Margaret Hassan, who was shot dead in 2004 but whose body has never been found.

Ali Lutfi Jassar al-Rawi, the man jailed for killing her, escaped from a Baghdad prison in September last year, an Iraqi government minister has admitted to AFP for the first time.

"We are very concerned by reports that Ali Lutfi Jassar has escaped from the Iraqi prison system," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

"We continue to raise this issue with the Iraqi government and to work closely with the Hassan family and their lawyers in Baghdad.

"Justice must be done for this dreadful crime, committed against someone who dedicated her life to helping all Iraqis".

© 2010 AFP

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