There are only 600 cases of hang­ing at the Pres­i­dent’s desk

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

A great num­ber of hang­ings are wait­ing to be signed by the Iraqi Pres­i­dent Fuad Maa­som. The Pres­i­dent’s spokesman said that the Pres­i­dent is not against the ex­e­cu­tion of the cases of hang­ing.

More­over, the spokesman, Xalid Sh­wani, stated in a press con­fer­ence that some Mem­bers of the Iraqi Par­lia­ment have main­tained that 7000 ter­ror­ists have been sen­tenced to hang­ing. Xalid stated that this num­ber is very far from the truth and that the Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans should be more care­ful when talk­ing dur­ing in­ter­views about this sub­ject.

Mr. Sh­wani said that from 2006 up till now a num­ber of those of who have been sen­tenced to hang­ing are no more than 600 peo­ple. 160 of them are ter­ror­ists. Oth­ers are ac­cused of var­i­ous se­ri­ous crimes. They come from dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and cities in Iraq. He also stated that the Pres­i­dent is not against these or­ders and is now sort­ing out the spe­cial or­ders.

The other sen­tences are nor­mal pun­ish­ments and can be for­given by spe­cial or­ders that are al­ways is­sued by the Coun­sel of Min­is­ters. He also em­pha­sized on the fact that the Pres­i­dent does not want to quickly push the or­ders of hang­ing through.

This in­ter­view of Mr. Sh­wani was at a time that Ad­nan Asadi, a Mem­ber of the Par­lia­ment from the Na­tional Iraqi Al­liance, blamed Fuad Ma’asom for not sign­ing the or­ders of hang­ing of the 7000 ter­ror­ists and asked the Pres­i­dent and the Par­lia­ment to give the au­thor­ity to the first Vice-Pres­i­dent, Nuri-Al-Ma­liki, to sign the sen­tences.

In ad­di­tion, Mo­faq Rubai’ey, the pre­vi­ous Con­sul­tant of In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity of Iraq on his per­sonal web page asked Fuad Ma’asom to let Ma­liki to al­low the ex­e­cu­tions to pro­ceed.

N. M. Mo­ham­mad

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