News On Iran & Its NeighboursIraqSunni politican calls for full abuse probes

Sunni politican calls for full abuse probes


ImageAP: A prominent Sunni politician rallied Tuesday behind a lawmaker accused of running a private terror cell and demanded probes into Shiites and others parliament members suspected of links to violence.

The Associated Press


ImageBAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent Sunni politician rallied Tuesday behind a lawmaker accused of running a private terror cell and demanded probes into Shiites and others parliament members suspected of links to violence.

Saleh al-Mutlaq, who leads a Sunni bloc, has used the allegations against one of his former political allies to press Sunni claims that the Shiite-led government is not doing enough to investigate Shiite abuses during the height of Iraq's sectarian bloodshed.

"We demand that all files against other lawmakers be opened and investigated by a special parliament committee that is free from government pressures," he told a news conference.

It came a day after the accused lawmaker, Mohammed al-Dayni, claimed he is the victim of a government campaign to silence its critics. Al-Dayni has frequently spoken out about alleged rights abuses against Sunni prisoners and claims Iran has undue influence over Iraq's Shiite political leaders.

Videotaped confessions by two of his former bodyguards — one of them his nephew — were released last week implicating al-Dayni as the ringleader of a gang blamed for a string of attacks and abuses, including mortar strikes on Baghdad's Green Zone and a 2007 suicide bombing in the parliament cafeteria that killed one person.

Al-Dayni remains free under parliamentary immunity from prosecution. It was not clear when the parliament would take a vote on whether to strip him of the protection.

Al-Dayni was forced out of al-Mutlaq's bloc last year when his government criticism became too politically sensitive. But al-Mutlaq said he would stand behind the lawmaker until a full-scale probe is launched into the sectarian reprisals that included Sunni-backed insurgents and Shiite militias.

"Let's began a real effort to disclose information about those involved in killings and sectarian displacement," said al-Mutlaq. "Then we all will discover that there are leaders inside the political process who took part in these events."

On Monday, Iraq's Interior Ministry announced the arrest of a Shiite police gang accused of killing the Sunni vice president's sister in 2006 as part of a string of kidnappings and slayings.

Spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said the 12 people arrested were former employees of the ministry. The Interior Ministry has been accused of past infiltration by Shiite militias that carried out some of the worst sectarian violence.

The sister of Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, Maysoun al-Hashemi, died in a hail of gunfire on April 27, 2006 as she left her home in Baghdad.

Abdul-Karim al-Samarraie, a member of al-Hashemi's Iraqi Islamic Party, welcomed the arrests.

"It is a good thing that Interior Ministry succeeded in arresting Maysoun al-Hashemi's killers … although it took too long to find them," he said.

Latest news

Iran’s Regime’s New Hijab Bill Seeks to Silence Women

On May 21, Ebrahim Raisi’s government approved and sent a bill on "Chastity and Hijab" to Iran’s Parliament (Majlis)....

Iranian Opposition Condemns Release of Tehran’s Convicted Diplomat-Terrorist Assadollah Assadi

The recent prisoner exchange between Belgium and Iran, announced by the government of Oman, has sparked strong condemnation from...

World leaders call on Biden to adopt new Iran policy

In a joint letter, 109 former world leaders signed a letter calling for accountability in Iran and urging U.S....

The Unsettling Child Marriage Epidemic Sweeping Iran

The horrific scene of a man holding the severed head of his 17-year-old wife, Mona Heydari, in southwest Iran,...

How Iran’s Housing Crisis Can Trigger More Protests

Renting a home in Iran has become nearly impossible for tenants who not only have buried their dream of...

Iran’s Budget Deficit Has Doubled

In the absence of statistics from Iran’s Central Bank and despite the government's false claims that the budget for...

Must read

Iran soccer fans set dozens of buses on fire in demo

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Oct. 02 – Iranian youths...

US hikers ‘spy’ case not linked to scientist: Iran

AFP: The case of three US hikers held in...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you