Three people released one day after detention over attack on MP
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Three people were released on Wednesday (March 3) and one day after their detention over knife attack on a Kurdish lawmaker from Iraqi Parliament, Ghalib Mohammed.
Ghailb, who is from the Change Movement (Gorran) bloc in the federal legislature, was stabbed eight times in the head on February 26.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani condemned the stabbing in a tweet, saying the security agencies were directed to make a precise probe and hold the attackers to account.
Officials from Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), including the party’s Co-President Lahur Sheikh Jangi, accused KRG of “intervening” in the case to free the detainees.
“KRG Prime Minister has lost credibility, if not he would not accept” intervention into court affairs, said Lahur Talabany PUK Co-President.
“The same government which was asking all the parties not to interfere in the case of detaining five Badinan activists, is obviously and threateningly calling for release of three officers from a Region’s security agency who have been arrested over the case of attacking lawmaker Ghalib Mohammed,” Sheikh Jangi said.
On February 16, the Branch 2 of Erbil’s Criminal Court sentenced five journalists and activists to six years in prison over alleged charges amounting to undermining security and stability of the Region.
The defendants all denied the charges against them and lawyer for the cases Bashdar Hasan lamented a “bad” ruling, saying the charges had “previously been decided.”
The verdict sparked outrage among the local and international journalist advocates and organizations.
Kurdish parliament member, Ali Hama Salih who attended the court hearing, said the trial was “so unfair” and that the charges were “politically motivated.”