Iraqi Political Prisoners and the Anti-War Movement
The political prisoners in U.S. occupation jails in Iraq have been
suffering for more than five years. They are being tried by the Criminal
Court of Iraq, created by the occupiers, on false and fabricated charges
and some have been unjustly murdered. There is a hidden and declared
agenda behind all these trials. The agenda is specifically designed to
serve the interests of the occupation powers, whether Persian or
American, to rid Iraq of its leadership by any means.
These leaders who were tried, or being tried, represent the finest of
Iraqis who stood up in defense of Iraq's independence and unity.
Among those being tried is Abdul Ghani Abdul Ghafoor whom I have known
since the 1970s. I knew him as a writer and as a leader, an honorable
man who was dedicated to serving his country to the best of his ability.
Like the rest of the prisoners, this man is facing hostile and
adversarial brutal actions and humiliation. He was severely beaten
inside the dock by court guards and some employees under the sight of
the court judge (Mohammed Al Khalifa Irebi ), the prosecutor and his
The captive Abdel Ghani Abdul Ghafoor complained to the president of the
so-called Supreme Judicial Council (Medhat Mahmoud), the president of
the court (Aref Al-Shaheen) about discriminatory treatment but he did
not receive any response. He sought to transfer his trial to Egypt, or
any Arab or Islamic country, except Iran, to ensure his integrity and
The protection of rights of the accused and maintenance of any tampering
or abuse are openly violated. The court president, the prosecutor and
the court workers contradict the application of constitutional
provisions and law because they violate the most basic rules and
foundations, goals and objectives.
During the session held on March 12, 2008 there was an attack on Abdul
Ghani Abdul Ghafoor. He was insulted and beaten inside the courtroom by
several guards on the instigation of the presiding judge and under the
eyes of the court and the attorney general.
The court has not taken any action against the attackers. As a result of
the attack, the victim was severely injured and put under medical
treatment for a month or so.
On April, 15 , 2008 Attorney General Mahdi Abdel Amir reiterated his
hostile position to the regime of President Saddam Hussein and members
of the government, claiming that his position on the men of the system
is very clear. He berated the Iraqi leadership and the prisoners using
repugnant terms. His tirade did not include neutrality and
professionalism, traits that are paramount for an attorney general.
On June 29 , 2008 Abdul Ghani Abdul Ghafoor was subjected to abuse and
humiliation by a person inside the hall. He filed a complaint to the
President of the court but no action was taken. This incident was
captured on television. After the session, the same person threatened to
assault him and kill him but a court guard intervened and prevented the
man from harming Abdul Ghafoor. It was revealed that the attacker was
sent by a sectarian party, who is part of the government of the Green
Zone, to assassinate Mr. Abdul Ghafoor.
The political prisoner complained to the commander of the occupation
forces about the actions of the court asking for protection. His request
was not answered.
The place of detention is a basement under the court building, solitary
confinement, that has no ventilation and does not meet the basic needs
for humans to inhabit. It is used as a tool and a means to pressure,
blackmail and to break the spirit of the detainees and to degrade morale
and dignity to obtain confessions.
The trial has nothing to do with the political events of 1991 when the
sectarian parties came from Iran, under the supervision of the mullahs
and their officers to murder Iraqis and to destabilize the country. Most
of those who attended the court for the purpose of complaint, using
false testimony, are members of the organizations who took part in these
events. These sectarian organizations are now the rulers of Iraq under
occupation supervision. They have committed crimes of murder, robbery
and rape, burning of state institutions, and should be the ones tried
for treason and mass murder.
The sentences are already prepared to have the rest of the Iraqi leaders
killed or die in jails. This is the plan of the occupations, both
American and Persian, to rid Iraq of its leadership who is dedicated to
restoring freedom, prosperity and independence to Iraq through jihad and
It is upsetting to see the progressive parties, the human rights
organizations and the anti-war movement silent, or openly opposing the
legitimate Iraqi leadership. Are these parties and movements part of the
imperialist invaders of Iraq and do they share the aims of the
occupation, to ruin Iraq and revert it to a "pre-industrial age" as the
UN designated the nation in 1991? Most of these groups are all talk.
They constantly criticize U.S. foreign policy as heavy-handed and
commonly use terms such as "imperialism," yet they support the
imperialists whom they denounce.
Isn't it time to take a stand openly and courageously in support of the
Iraqi National Resistance and recognize the role of the Baath Party in
the liberation of Iraq?
Isn't it time to help release all the Iraqi political prisoners, and put
a stop to the courts of death created by the US occupation, along with
the Persians, to murder the leadership of Iraq?
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