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Court Clears Iraqis Held Over Killings Of British Soldiers

A Baghdad court today cleared two Iraqis accused of killing six British soldiers in mob violence.

Chief Justice Baleagh Hamdi Hikmat said charges were dropped because of a lack of firsthand testimony in the case, which has been closely watched in Britain.

British officials say a large group of Iraqis chased Royal Military Police soldiers into a police station and killed them in June 2003.

Eight Iraqis arrested earlier this year in connection with the case had already been released, leaving only the two men -- Hamza Hateer, 33, and Mussa Ismael al-Fartusi 39 -- who were cleared today.

Officials say Hateer remains in custody on charges of theft.

compiled from agency reports