The lawyer for a Hezbollah commander jailed in Iraq for targeting U.S. soldiers predicts that his client will be released soon because of flimsy evidence.

Attorney Abdul-Mahdi al-Mitairi said Wednesday that Ali Mussa Daqduq could be freed after his first court appearance in the next few weeks.

Daqduq is accused of training Shiite militias and helping plot the 2007 killing of four American soldiers in the Iraqi city of Karbala.

Daqduq was captured in 2007 and held by the U.S. military until troops left Iraq last December

He has been in Iraqi custody since. Washington fears Daqduq will be quietly freed by Baghdad's Shiite-led government.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh did not have an immediate comment.