'Most wanted' Saddam loyalist freed
A former Saddam Hussein loyalist who was on a US military "most wanted" list in Iraq has been freed from jail after he was cleared of helping the former regime punish opponents by draining the country's marshlands.
Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad was 54th out of the 55 most wanted Saddam officials. He was a Baath Party regional chairman and militia commander from Anbar province.
A spokesman for the Iraqi High Tribunal, Judge Mohammed Abdul-Sahib Yaseen, said al-Muhammad was recently released from a prison just outside Baghdad, but gave no further details.
Al-Muhammad was captured in January 2004.
Saddam, a Sunni Muslim, drained 90% of Iraq's southern marshes to punish Shiites who lived there and rose up against his regime.