LONDON -- The Iraqi government agreed to release four British Moslems held hostage in Iraq after former pop singer Cat Stevens appealed to President Saddam Hussein on their behalf, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday
Stevens, who converted to Islam and now goes by the name Yusuf Islam, has been in Iraq trying to arrange the release of more than 40 people, including sick and elederly Britons, the BBC said, but apparently only was able to get permission for the four Moslems.
Their release, expected Sunday, would be the first of British men held hostage in Iraq and Kuwait since the Aug. 2 invasion.
The four men were visiting religous shrines when the invasion took place and have been unable to leave.
On Sunday, former British Prime Minister Edward Heath is scheduled to meet Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Heath is attempting to secure the release of sick Britons in Iraq.