Washington: We will continue to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials
July 24, 2019 - 10:05
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The US administration said Wednesday it would continue to impose sanctions on Iraqi governments involved in human rights abuses, including the persecution of religious minorities and corrupt officials who have power in their favor at the expense of their citizens.
The US Embassy in Baghdad said in a press statement that the United States last Thursday took action against four individuals in Iraq involved in corruption or human rights violations.
The sanctions include "a ban on communication with US financial institutions, a ban on the ability to deal with US companies, or visas to visit the United States," she said.
"These steps demonstrate our commitment to working with the Iraqi government and all Iraqis against corruption and human rights abuses committed by government officials," she said.
"We will continue to hold accountable individuals involved in human rights abuses, including the persecution of religious minorities and corrupt officials who use their positions to fill their pockets with money and monopolize power for them at the expense of their citizens," she said.
The revelation came on Tuesday that sanctions could be imposed on other Iraqi officials four days after the US administration announced sanctions against four Iraqi figures: the Christian papal scriptwriter of the popular crowd, Ryan Chaldean, the commander of the 30th Brigade in the Popular Rally and the former governor of Nineveh, And the former governor of Salah al-Din, head of the axis alliance Ahmed al-Jubouri "Abu Mazen."
"The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has included in the sanctions list two militia leaders, Ryan Chaldean and Qadu, and two former Iraqi governors, Nawaf Hammadi al-Sultan and Ahmad al-Jubouri," the Treasury Department said.
"The United States has taken action against four people in Iraq who are involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption," said Seagal Mandler, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Ryan Chaldean, commander of the 50th Brigade or the Babylonian Battalions, is responsible for serious human rights abuses, involvement or involvement, directly or indirectly.
In May 2018, Chaldean published a videotape between Iraqi civil society organizations for human rights in which Khaldani cut off a handcuffed detainee.
"The 50th Brigade is the main obstacle to the return of internally displaced persons to the Nineveh Plain and has regularly looted homes in Batnaya, which is struggling to recover from brutal rule," she said.
"The 50th Brigade reportedly seized and sold the farmland illegally and accused the local population of intimidating, blackmailing and harassing women," she said.
As for Qadu, the ministry indicated that he was sanctioned for being a leader or official of an entity that had been involved in or committed serious human rights violations by its members in relation to the leader or the official.
"Qado is the commander of Brigade 30. The brigade extracted funds from residents around the city of Bartala in the Nineveh Plain through extortion, illegal arrests and kidnappings, and the General has often detained people without judicial orders or fraudulent orders and imposed arbitrary customs duties At checkpoints.
Local residents said the 30 th Brigade was responsible for horrific crimes, including physical intimidation, extortion, theft, kidnapping and rape.
Nofal Hammadi Sultan
With regard to the sanctions imposed on the former governor of Ninewa Nofal Hammadi authorities said the US Treasury Department said the sanctions against him came because he is a current or former government official who is directly or indirectly involved in corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets or the confiscation of private assets for gains Personal or corruption related to government contracts, extraction of natural resources or bribery.
She explained that the Sultan is the former governor of Nineveh and after the ferry accident in Mosul, the center of Nineveh, which killed about 100 people, the Iraqi parliament removed the Sultan from office.
She said the ferry was loaded five times more than its capacity and families moved to an island on the Tigris River when it sank and the Iraqi authorities issued an arrest warrant for the former governor, who fled shortly after the incident.
In a letter addressed to parliamentarians after the ferry incident, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi accused the Sultan of neglect and dereliction of duty and said there was evidence that the former governor was misusing the funds and misusing his authority.
On March 27, 2019, the Ninewa investigation court said al-Akeb and many other officials were suspected of misusing their powers and wasting public money. The Sultan has faced widespread allegations of corruption since 1994.
Ahmed al-Jubouri (Abu Mazen)
The US State Department said Ahmed al-Jubouri was sanctioned as a government employee with direct or indirect involvement in corruption, including misappropriation of state assets, confiscation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts, extraction of natural resources, Bribery.
She said Jubouri, also known as Abu Mazen, is the former governor of Salahuddin and the current member of parliament who participated in corruption.
Jubouri was dismissed as a governor and sentenced to prison in June 2017 after being convicted of misuse of power and federal funds and seizure of land for personal use and has since been released.
The ministry said Jabouri was known to protect his personal interests by absorbing agents backed by Iran, who operate outside state control.
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