Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has been held in detention in Iraq by the U.S. military since April 12, 2006, accused of being a security threat. Yet during that time he has never been charged with anything, nor has any evidence been disclosed to suggest wrongdoing. Instead, the military has pointed to a range of suspicions it says links Hussein to insurgents. An extensive internal review of his work by AP found nothing to indicate inappropriate contact with insurgents.
Now, the U.S. military plans to submit a written complaint against Hussein that would bring the case into the Iraqi courts. While AP is hopeful there will be some resolution to Hussein’s case, AP has concerns that the lack of due process so far will put Bilal and his lawyers at an extreme disadvantage.
Hussein, 36, is an Iraqi citizen and native of Fallujah. He started working for AP in September 2004. He is one of more than 24,000 people being detained worldwide by the U.S. military – nearly all of them in Iraq. More information is contained in the news stories, press materials and other documents below.
Salt Lake Tribune national security reporter Matthew D. LaPlante, center left, and Iraqi photojournalist Bilal Hussein, center right, converse with other journalists outside the Ramadi Government Center in Iraq in September, 2005. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)