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Kurdish teacher sentenced to 3-year house arrest

  2021-06-07  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Teacher Muhammad Karim tied to her wife's bed in a hospital in Kirkuk, Iraq, July 2020. Photo courtesy of social media
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A Kurdish teacher who was chained in a hospital next to his wife’s bed in July 2020 was sentenced to three years under arrest by a court in Kirkuk upon lawsuit was filed against him by the Kirkuk General Health directorate, his lawyer said on Monday (June 6).

On July 13, 2020, during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in Iraq, photos went viral on social media featuring Kurdish ethnic teacher Muhammad Karim tied to her wife’s bed in a hospital in the disputed city of Kirkuk following spat with a healthcare worker over alleged negligence in providing service to his wife and breaking a medical equipment. 

Three police were detained and later was released on bail by the federal authorities after an investigation into the incident was taken.

The implementation of the court ruling has been suspended according to the provisions of the Iraqi Penal Code, but he is under surveillance for three years, his lawyer said. 

“I am deliberating with teacher Muhamamd whether to appeal the court verdict,” he added. 

“My spouse died with pains. I could not help as I was chained,” the teacher told the news outlets at the time.

(Zhyan English)