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Kurdish MP filed appeal with federal courts over knife attack

  2021-04-06  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdish lawmaker from Iraqi parliament speaks during a press conference regarding knife attack on him, on April 6, 2021. Photo/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A Kurdish lawmaker form Iraqi parliament, who was targeted in a knife attack, said he has filed an appeal with the federal courts in Baghdad, expressing lack of faith in judicial systems and courts in the Kurdistan Region.

Ghailb Mohammed, who is from the Change Movement (Gorran) bloc in the federal legislature, was stabbed eight times in the head on February 26.

After the attack four people were arrested, three of whom were released one day after their detention.

Lawmaker Mohammed accused leaders from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), including the party leader Masoud Barzani and his son Masrour Barzani, of “intervening” in court cases related to the knife attack in an effort to free those behind the attack.

“We have submitted two requests for the case to be transferred to Baghdad, if the transfer of the case is refused I will open another case in Baghdad to sue those officials who have been involved in the case,” Mohammed said during a press conference.

“After the detention of the perpetrators, Barzani and his son made telephone calls at 1:00 a.m., asking for release of four knife wielders and threatening to establish two devided administrations.”

His attorney, Wrya Mohammed Hassan, said no progress has been made in the case and that it has reached an impasse in the Kurdistan Region.

Officials from Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), including the party’s Co-President Lahur Sheikh Jangi, accused Kurdistan Regional Government (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.

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.

(Zhyan English)