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MPs express serious concern over the death sentence for Iraqi Vice President PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2012

The conditions for issuing death sentence for Iraq’s Vice President, Dr. Tariq al- Hashemi, are seriously suspicious and members of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom expressed serious concern over this issue and called on the UN and UNAMI to lunch an independent inquiry to identify real perpetrators of violence and chaos in Iraq.

It is a shame that after so much loss of precious lives and voluminous treasures in Iraq we are faced with a regime that disregards judicial processes and uses confessions under torture as evidence for issuing death penalty.

The MPs condemn the political motives behind this story and pursuant to Amnesty International’s report of 30 August 2012 call on the government of Iraq to halt all executions at once.

We are aware that Dr Hashemi has been ready to respond to all the accusations levelled against him in a fair system of judiciary. He expressed today that he is prepared to stand trial by an independent court in Iraqi Kurdistan or in Turkey.   What he does not agree with is to stand trial in Bagdad were the judicial elements are highly influenced by the government of his political rival, Nouri al-Maliki.

We are aware that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had recently thanked Nouri al-Maliki for four favours: 
               1- Forcing US military leave Iraq
               2- Suppressing the PMOI and expelling them from Iraq
               3- Suppressing Iraqi nationalist leaders particularly Dr. Hashemi,
               4- Supporting the Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad.

Allowing Iran to influence judicial process in Iraq is a criminal act against the best interest of Iraqi people. We urge the UN and US to take these allegations against the Iraqi government very seriously and to investigate the circumstances thoroughly. It is not tolerable that after so much blood and treasure we are faced with a situation far worse than previously.

The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
10 September 2012