Iraqi Minister to Investigate Allawi Execution Claims



Iraq's Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin says he will investigate
allegations that Iraq's interim Prime Minister personally executed
suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station last month.

Mr Amin described the allegation as very serious, referring to reports in
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, sourced to two unnamed men, that
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi had personally executed at least
six suspected insurgents in Baghdad last month.

"This is not the Iyad Allawi I know" he said.

"He is not a killer and he does not carry a gun".

Mr Amin committed his Human Rights Ministry to investigating the
allegations but added that the reports could draw defamation litigation in
Australia if they were found not to be true.

"Well, these are serious allegations and if that shows it's a false… I
believe that it's a false allegation, and it's a defamation, and the one
who writes these things has a major responsibility in front of the court
systems of their own country as well," he said.

Mr Amin said that he would not wish to work for Dr Allawi if the
allegations were true..

 


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