Iraq promised to free Saddam Hussein`s defence minister: Report

Iraq`s government promised to release from prison one of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein`s defence ministers, the outgoing deputy prime minister said in comments published on Friday.

Reuters| Last Updated: Aug 22, 2014, 15:30 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraq`s government promised to release from prison one of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein`s defence ministers, the outgoing deputy prime minister said in comments published on Friday.
In an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat, Deputy Prime Minister Minister Saleh Mutlaq did not say why the promises to free Sultan Hashem, who was sentenced to death, and other Sunni military and political leaders were made.
The issue could be related to efforts to appease Iraq`s minority Sunni community, who were sidelined by outgoing Shi`ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The alienation prompted Sunni armed groups to support Islamic State militants.