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Former Iraqi Minister Who Escaped Prison Arrives In Jordan


December 26, 2006 -- Jordanian Prime Minister Maruf al-Bakhit says a former Iraqi cabinet minister who escaped from detention in Baghdad earlier this month has arrived in Jordan.


Al-Bakhit said Ayham al-Samaraie, who holds dual U.S. and Iraqi citizenship, arrived on a U.S. plane.


He said Iraq has not demanded al-Samaraie's extradition, and did not give his location.


Al-Samaraie was electricity minister during the Iraqi transitional government set up in 2003, and was imprisoned in August on corruption charges.


(AP)

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