Maliki takes 59 senior military officers to a military court
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.