Peshmarga Official: Baghdad Can’t Send Force to Arrest Hashemi Without Kurdish Approval
|February 28, 2012||Filled under Iraq Daily News|
ERBIL, (AKnews) – The Iraqi government cannot send a force to Kurdistan to arrest Vice President Tareq Hashemi unless it has the prior approval of the region’s leadership and government, said an official from the Kurdistan Peshmarga Ministry. The statement by representative of the ministry Anwar Haji Othman came in response to an announcement by State of Law Coalition (SLC) lawmaker Mahmoud Hassan.
Hassan yesterday told Al Ekhbariya website that Baghdad is allowed to send forces to Kurdistan to arrest Hashemi by virtue of the Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971, which applies to all Iraqi provinces and regions.
But Othman rebuffed the claim: “Kurdistan law doesn’t allow for any force to enter the region without the prior coordination of the federal and Kurdistan governments.”
Iraqi MP Hakem Sheikh Latif from the Kurdish Gorran Movement however confirmed SLC’s remarks.
“Whatever decisions by the Iraqi courts are applicable to the entire borders of the federal government,” Latif said.
He added the issue is that “so far it’s not clear whether the forces of the central government will enforce the court order or this will be carried out in coordination with the region”.
This coordination in itself needs to be organized by law because it is the same in the federal states, Latif believes.
The Iraqi Supreme Judiciary Council issued an arrest order for Hashemi on December 19 on terrorism charges after his guards confessed the VP was involved in series of attacks. Hashemi denied the charges and fled to Kurdistan, where he is currently under the protection of Iraqi Kurdistan regional officials. The VP believes Prime Minister Maliki is behind the accusations.
On February the council announced sixteen Hashemi’s involvement in 150 armed operations that targeted judges, doctors and senior officers in the ministries of defense and interior by using silent weapons and missiles.
Chit’s Central Criminal Court has set May 3 as the date for the first trail session of Hashemi and his secretary and son in law Ahmed Qahtan. There are also 70 other people in the VP’s office wanted by the courts.
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