Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Newfoundland Soldier Released from Iraqi Prison, Mother Says

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Newfoundland Soldier Released from Iraqi Prison, Mother Says

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Newfoundlander released from Iraqi prison:Mom

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A Newfoundland military veteran arrested in northern Iraq last week has been released from prison, his mother says.

Kay Kennedy told VOCM radio that her son, Michael, was released Tuesday.

Her son had been arrested in Erbil in northern Iraq while taking part in what his mother called a humanitarian mission. A friend of his confirmed via text message he had been arrested after returning from northern Syria.

Kennedy said her son would not leave others he was travelling with when they were arrested for visa infractions, even though his visa had not expired.

He will be back in Newfoundland for Christmas, she said.

Federal cabinet minister Judy Foote confirmed Monday that Kennedy was in good health as Canadian Embassy officials worked to win his release. …

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