KRP’s statement regarding Shasho’s arrest
Haider Shasho was arrested for attempting to create illegal Militia Group
Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Presidency (KRP), Omed Sabah, on April 6 released a statement clearing up the the arrest of Haider Shasho, the head of the Shingal Mobilization Force, for attempting to "create an illegitimate mili- tia group."
“A group of militants in the Sinjar area wanted to create an illegitimate militia force which would operate outside the Peshmerga Ministry’s control. Earlier this year they were ordered not to form the force,” said Sabah in the statement.
“Then they were given a two-month deadline to abort their plans. They were informed if they wanted to fight for Sinjar and Kurdistan, they could join the Peshmerga forces officially,” added the KRP spokesman.
Shasho’s arrest seems to have been triggered by his decision to ask for weapons from the Iranian backed Popular Mobilisation Units, known as “Hashd al-Shaabi”, a coalition of Shiia militias fighting the Islamic State alongside the regular Iraqi army.
Sabah said that Shasho and his group continued to realize their plan in defiance of Kurdistan Region authorities.
“We want to make it clear that we won’t allow anyone to create illegitimate forces. Those who try will face justice.”
Sabah said that Shasho’s arrest for leading the militia was conducted officially, and that “no one has been kidnapped or gone missing.”
A few days ago, Shingal Protection Unit media claimed that its Supreme Commander Haider Shasho had been arrested by Kurdish security forces in Khanke, a town in Dohuk Province.
The SHPU media also claimed that it had been legally registered as part of “Hashd Al-Shabi”. This allows the Iraqi government to arm the Yazidis legitimately, but the command structure of the Unit and Shasho continued to operate independently.