Shafaq News / Leader of the National Axis Alliance in the Iraqi parliament, well-known businessman and politician Khamis al-Khanjar, responded on Friday to the US Treasury's decision to impose sanctions on it.
Al-Khanjar said in a post on social media today, "I was and will remain against any external interference in the internal affairs of Iraq, and with the people and their aspirations for change and salvation from the corrupt."
He added, "The politicized decisions that our role overlooked in working to end sectarian politics, seeking to stop violence between people of one people, and restoring everyone to their rights, will not preclude us."
And the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on 4 Iraqis, including three militia leaders linked to Iran, for allegedly violating human rights and killing protesters, as well as for their involvement in corruption cases.
The four who were affected by the sanctions were the leader of the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia, Qais Khazali, and his brother Laith Khazali, as well as the director of the Popular Mobilization Security, Hussein Faleh, known as Abu Zainab al-Lami, and the leader of the National Axis Alliance in the Iraqi Parliament, Khamis Farhan al-Khanjar al-Issawi.
A statement by the US Treasury said that the Office of Foreign Assets Control included Qais al-Khazali, Laith al-Khazali, and Hussein Falih Abdul Aziz al-Lami under Executive Order No. 13818, because of their involvement in gross human rights violations in Iraq.
The bureau also included, to that, the multi-millionaire businessman Khamis Farhan Al-Khanjar Al-Issawi, for bribing government officials and practicing corruption at the expense of the Iraqi people.