Maliki is a war criminal: Former Iraqi VP Tareq al-Hashemi

May 19
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Former Iraqi vice president Tareq al-Hashemi removed from Interpol "red list"
Former Iraqi vice president Tareq al-Hashemi removed from Interpol "red list"

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Thursday, 19 May 2016

Maliki provided best historical support for Iran agenda in Iraq

This week Interpol closed the last file of the Iraq judiciary ruling calling for the execution of former Iraqi vice president Tareq al-Hashemi, eliminating his name from the red list of wanted individuals, Ilaf website reported. Interpol said it is not convinced in the reasoning provided by Iraqi authorities for his ruling. Al-Hashemi described this new ruling as an emphasis on the void nature of the allegations raised by Iraqi officials against him. In September 2012 during the 2nd prime ministry term of Nouri al-Maliki the Iraqi judiciary issued a death sentence in absentia for Tareq al-Hashemi under the bogus pretext of commanding death squads.

 

Al-Hashemi has said he is ready to appear before any impartial Iraqi court. Whenever such circumstances are provided for, he will be in Iraq the next day, he said.

Nouri al-Maliki was the element behind the allegations of terrorism raised against him, al-Hashemi said, yet emphasizing the entire issue was much bigger than this.

Al-Hashemi was initially targeted back in 2006 when three of his brothers were assassinated one after another. From then on he refused any threats and blackmailing, standing strong against all threats and pressures, his enemies were hoping he would withdraw from the political trend and leave Iraq altogether. Their intention was for al-Hashemi to put aside all political activities, and they would seek this objective at any costs.

Corrupt MPs in the Iraqi Parliament will attempt to empty an amnesty bill currently before the parliament, al-Hashemi added.

In response to a question regarding the vast expansion of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq and Maliki’s responsibility as the then commander-in-chief of all forces, al-Hashemi said efforts were made to demonize Sunni populist movements. These movements, after enjoying firm popular and international support, began to grow with the passing of time. First because they are peaceful, and second their demands are logical and legal, preventing Nouri al-Maliki and international parties supporting him. They had to quell the uprising from within. Therefore, Maliki resorted to releasing al-Qaeda leaders in Abu Ghareib and did not stop here. He also oppressed, launched ethnic cleansing and planted the seeds of a Sunni fundamentalism environment as the only refuge, after destroying any means of life and survival. What took place afterwards were crimes under international standards, with the ultimate objective of dividing Iraq with Nouri al-Maliki sitting at the helm… who else other than him was responsible for the army fleeing Mosul, Salahadin and Ramadi? Who ordered the forces to flee and not fight? Let’s assume the conditions were extremely harsh that the forces were unable to fight, which I suspect very much. In your opinion why did he not order army commanders to destroy large military caches before retreating, while he knew it would fall into the hands of Daesh? Maliki is a war criminal and is accused of a major crime, al-Hashemi added.

 

Maliki is the individual who provided the best support in history for Iran’s agenda in Iraq, al-Hashemi continued. However long it may take, Maliki will face justice in Iraq for this and other crimes, including corruption, murder, forcing people into displacement, wasting Iraq’s national wealth and interests and …

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