BAGHDAD, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi authorities released the former interior minister for the ousted leader Saddam Hussein, an official in Iraq's Ministry of Justice told Xinhua Monday.
"Iraqi authorities released Mohmoud Dhiyab al-Ahmed, who served as interior minister for the former regime, after ending his sentence of seven years in prison," Haidar al-Saadi, spokesman of the ministry told reporters here.
The release came after the authorities confirmed that al-Ahmed is no more wanted for other cases, Saadi said.
On March 19, the Iraqi authorities released Mohammed Mahdi Salih, Saddam's former trade minister after an Iraqi court found him not guilty of charges against him.
Al-Ahmed was taken into custody on Aug. 9, 2003 after the U.S.- led invasion of Iraq and was one of the most wanted senior officials of Saddam Hussein by the U.S. forces.