Amnesty International has welcomed the release of a former police officer detained without charge in Iraq for over two years because he was suspected of having links to armed groups. Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib was freed from a police station in Tikrit, in the north of Iraq on 30 December, more than a month after an order for his release had been issued.
Speaking to Amnesty International on Wednesday, Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib confirmed his release without charge and said that he had not been tortured or otherwise ill-treated while held at the police station in Tikrit in recent weeks.
"While Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib's release is welcome news, it is long overdue," said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.
"After more than two years in detention without facing any charge or trial, it was high time that he was freed and reunited with his family."