Ma­liki takes 59 se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers to a mil­i­tary court

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Due to the re­cent armed con­fronta­tions in Mo­sul and the with­drawal of the Iraqi amy from the ar­eas with­out re­sis­tance, Nouri al Ma­liki, the Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces an­nounced that a com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished to in­ves­ti­gate the case ...

Due to the re­cent armed con­fronta­tions in Mo­sul and the with­drawal of the Iraqi amy from the ar­eas with­out re­sis­tance, Nouri al Ma­liki, the Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces an­nounced that a com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished to in­ves­ti­gate the case of 59 se­nior army of­fi­cers who left their po­si­tions and es­caped from the fronts, and an Iraqi Mil­i­tary Court shall con­sider their cases.

It is ex­pected that some of them will be sen­tenced to death.

In a state­ment by Ma­liki, which was an­nounced by Qas­sim Atta, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Of­fice of the Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Iraq Armed Forces, it has been de­cided that a com­mit­tee will in­ves­ti­gate the cases of the 59 of­fi­cers.

“Those of­fi­cers will be sent to the mil­i­tary court and will be kicked-off their du­ties,” reads the state­ment.

At­tas also said: “Ac­cord­ing to Para­graph 3 of Ar­ti­cle 1A of the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces Pun­ish­ment Law No. 14 of the year 2008, death sen­tence has been spec­i­fied for those who aban­don their du­ties dur­ing emer­gency and panic sit­u­a­tions, leav­ing the se­cu­rity equip­ment, or hand­ing over fa­cil­i­ties or any po­lice or se­cu­rity sta­tions to the en­emy. The es­tab­lished com­mit­tee will be re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­ga­tion with those of­fices that have been re­cruited ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces Pun­ish­ment Law.”

Fol­low­ing the of­fen­sive of the fighters of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Le­vant (ISIS) in the north­ern Iraqi Prov­inces of Neinava, Sala­haddin and some other Sunni-pop­u­lated ar­eas, the Iraqi armed forces left the war fron­tiers and handed them over to the ISIS in­sur­gents.

Sub­se­quently the Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces filled the vac­uum and took over the re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­trol these ar­eas and pro­tect them against the ISIS in­sur­gents to pre­vent them from pro­ceed­ing fur­ther to­wards Kur­dish ar­eas.

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