Iraqi court sentences man in 2004 kidnapping, killing of aid worker

Other News Materials 2 June 2009 23:57 (UTC +04:00)

A court Tuesday found an Iraqi man guilty of kidnapping and killing a humanitarian worker in 2004 and sentenced him to life in prison, Iraqi court officials told CNN.

Ali Lutfi Jassar al-Rawi was found guilty at Baghdad Central Criminal Court for the killing of Margaret Hassan - who headed operations in Iraq for Care International. The suspect - arrested in May 2008 - was also found guilty of attempting to blackmail Hassan's family.

This is the second person found guilty in connection with the case. The other was sentenced to life in prison in 2006, but the sentence was later reduced on appeal, court officials said.

Hassan - who held British and Iraqi citizenship - appeared in hostage videos, where she pleaded for her life and urged British troops to withdraw from Iraq.

The British Foreign Office issued a statement, saying John Tucknott, the charge d'affaires in Baghdad, welcomed the news that the man had been "brought to justice by the Iraqi authorities for the role he played in the kidnap and murder of Margaret Hassan. Our thoughts are with Margaret Hassan's family for the suffering they continue to endure.

"We hope that this may be a step further to finding the other people responsible for this dreadful crime, and to finding Margaret's body," the office said.