[size=52]An Iraqi MP rejects the authority of the "Crowd Committee" to investigate the accused and demands the dismissal of its head[/size]
Baghdad: Fadel Al-Nashmi
[size=45]Yesterday, the tribal sheikh, Dr. Iqbal Dohan Al Jalab, the sheikh of the forefathers of the Marmad tribe from the Al-Agraa tribe, died in Al-Qadisiyah governorate, two days after his release by the security of the “Popular Mobilization” on the background of accusations against him of conspiracy and belonging to the dissolved “Baath” party; What first provoked the anger and outrage of his clan members, and a wide spectrum of activists and some independent representatives in Parliament. Some circles close to the clan have reported their threat to “target the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Security Directorate if the Sheikh’s killers are not presented to the security services.”
Last week, the clan condemned, in the strongest terms, the arrest of the old sheikh and one of the governorate's faces and sheikhs.
While the PMF did not issue any statement regarding the circumstances of the arrest, then the release and the recent death, the independent MP, Sajjad Salem, launched a stinging attack on the commission, and demanded the prime minister to dismiss its head, Faleh al-Fayyad. Before winning a parliamentary seat in the last elections, Sajjad Salem, a lawyer and civil activist, said in a post on his personal Facebook page that "the Popular Mobilization Committee is not an investigative authority under Iraqi laws, and Faleh al-Fayyad must be dismissed for violating the law and lacking his independence."
He added, "The recent campaign of arrests by the Popular Mobilization Authority represents a flagrant violation of the law that must be addressed, especially after it was ascertained that this campaign in Qadisiyah Governorate was threatened by activists and protesters."
Salem stressed that there is no "legal text that grants the Popular Mobilization Authority the authority for judicial investigation and even special laws, which are both the Diwani Order No. 91 of 2016 and the Popular Mobilization Authority Law No. 40 of the same year."
It is believed that the “mobilization committee” or its leaders “are not granted the status of (members of judicial control) charged with investigating crimes and accepting complaints, which was specified in Article (39) of the Criminal Procedure Law of 1971.”
Salem considered that "total silence about these legal violations is tantamount to authorizing certain political parties to free their hand in tampering with people's destinies, targeting them and suppressing freedom of opinion." The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces called on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to "remove Faleh Al-Fayyad (the head of the commission) from his position, and we demand the Public Prosecution to take the necessary legal measures against him."
Representative Sajjad Salem had previously directed several criticisms of the PMF, accusing its leaders of transgressing the law and influencing the judiciary. This prompted the authority to file a lawsuit against him for defamation.
Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, known as “Minister al-Sadr,” called earlier this month to end the presence of “militias and the Popular Mobilization” in sensitive locations in the country. He does not possess a strong personality, nor does he possess a military mentality, and in general, he is not qualified for this position.”[/size]
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