The Spokesman for the Iraqi Government, Basim Alawadi stated in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency INA that the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Mohammed S. Al-Sudani, has approved the recommendations of the special investigative committee formed on December 27, 2022. The committee reviewed complaints of human rights violations submitted by citizens against Lieutenant General Ahmad Taha Hashim Abu Ragheef the head of the canceled Committee of Diwani Order No. 29 , and all affiliated members and officers.
Based on the committee's findings, the case and full investigation documents will be referred to the judiciary for further action. Those found guilty, including detainees, accused, fugitives, and all implicated individuals, will receive appropriate penalties in accordance with the law.
The committee has recommended that all individuals involved in these violations will be discharged, and strict measures will be implemented to prevent their future eligibility for public office. The Commission of Integrity will investigate cases of financial inflation noticed for members of the canceled committee and their close relatives. Additionally, administrative punishments will be issued to staff members who failed to report abuses and human rights violations.
Based on the recommendations and following the established legal procedures outlined in Instructions Committee No. (1) of 2012, and in accordance with Article (36 / First / D) of the Service and Retirement Law for the Security Forces No. (18) of 2011, the Minister of Interior has approved the Administrative Investigation Committee's decision to retire Lieutenant General Ahmad Taha Hashim Abu Ragheef, along with eight officers and members. This action was taken due to their violation of the law.
We assure the Iraqi people that the special investigation committee conducted its procedures under the supervision and oversight of the judiciary, adhering to constitutional and legal processes. The committee treated both the accused and complainants and witnesses with respect and fairness, emphasizing the adherence to the law and professionalism within government and judicial institutions.
This comprehensive effort, spanning months, reflects our commitment to presenting the facts in a transparent and legal manner. We aim to protect the reputation and professionalism of our security services and uphold their sacred duty to safeguard citizens and their assets. We will continue to pursue those who have evaded justice.
The government's determination to uncover the truth is driven by our commitment to the Iraqi constitution, Article No. 37 which prohibits torture, inhumane treatment, and the extraction of confessions through coercion or threats. We strive to ensure that no one is above the law, regardless of their position or influence, and that wrongdoers face appropriate consequences. Our dedication remains unwavering as we prioritize the nation and the rule of law.