11 years later perpetrators behind Sardasht's murder 'still at large'
Father of assassinated journalist Sardasht Osman visited grave of his son in Erbil on May 5, 2021. Photo/Zhyan News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Family members, activists and journalists on Tuesday (May 5) visited Erbil’s Girdazaban graveyard to lay wreath on the grave of assassinated journalist Sardasht Osman.
Tuesday, May 5 marked the 11th anniversary of Sardasht Osman’s murder. Every year activists and journalists travel to Erbil to stand in solidarity with Osman’s family, friends, and colleagues, as they remember the young man. Though the attendance was limited because of public health concerns posed by Covid-19.
Imaginary assassins were fabricated to hide those behind the murder of Osman, said Bashdar Osman brother of Sardasht during a press conference in Erbil’s Girdazaban graveyard.
“We won’t forgive the unjust shed of Sardasht’s blood and repeat the same call we had days after killing Sardasht,” said Bashdar Osman.
Perpetrators behind the assassination of Sardasht Osman are still at large 11 years after his murder, Christian Peacemakers’ Team (CPT) which supports freedoms and peaceful activities in conflict areas, said.
“We know that those who killed Sardasht are still walking free, but those who fight for freedom with their pens are in jails,” CPT said.
On 6 May 2010, handcuffed body of Kurdish journalist Sardasht Osman was found in Mosul two days after his abduction in Erbil outside the College of Arts Building where he studied English language.
He was known in the Kurdistan Region for articles criticizing the Kurdish officials and the leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Masoud Barzani. Some of his articles were published under a pseudonym on several Kurdish websites.
According to eyewitnesses and the police, abductors were driving a white Hyundai minibus with a concealed number plate.