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The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.
An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested the decision, calling the U.S. military plans a "sham of due process." The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.
The AP says various accusations were floated unofficially against Hussein and then apparently withdrawn with little explanation.
"The steps the U.S. military is now taking continue to deny Bilal his right to due process and, in turn, may deny him a chance at a fair trial. The treatment of Bilal represents a miscarriage of the very justice and rule of law that the United States is claiming to help Iraq achieve. At this point, we believe the correct recourse is the immediate release of Bilal."
Originally posted by Beachcoma
That they confiscated his equipment and laptop leads me to believe he might have snapped some photos that were incriminating. Otherwise like you said, if the case was so straightforward, why not just go out and charge him?