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