Businesswoman Released in Iraq

Huda Hafez Ahmad al-‘Azawi, a businesswoman accused of “financing the insurgency,” was arrested by US soldiers and Iraqi security forces on February 17, 2005 at her home in Baghdad and held by US forces at Camp Cropper near Baghdad International Airport. On November 16, 2005 the High Criminal Court in Baghdad found her not guilty and ordered her release. In a telephone message on January 17, 2006, Huda Hafez Ahmad al-‘Azawi thanked Amnesty International for taking action on her behalf. She believes this action led to her release. Many thanks to all who sent appeals!