Iraqi Islamic Accord movement launches sharp attack on Maliki

News article, posted 04.08.2014, from Iraq, in:

The Islamic Accord movement in Karbala on Monday criticized the head of government, Nouri al-Maliki, for “deviating” from the principles of the Shi’i Islamic current and its values.  While the movement said that “he had not been serious” about combatting “terrorism” during the years of his rule, they held him responsible for all the crises from which the country suffers, as a result of “his isolation” in power and decision-making and his not consulting with his partners in the National Alliance or “complying” with the directives of religious authorities.

The Secretary-General of the Islamic Accord movement, Jamal al-Wakil, said during a press conference held at the movements headquarters in Karbala and attended by al-Mada Press that “the movement supported the head of the government, Nouri al-Maliki, when he assumed office the two previous terms,” explaining that “the movement now finds itself responsible for standing before Maliki to preserve the principles of the Shi’i Islamic trend and its values, and the pluralism and democracy advised by the religious authorities, because he has changed and deviated from the path, and has begun to defend his own interests and those close to him.”

Al-Wakil added that “the position of the movement is supportive and helpful to media outlets and political parties which take a clear stance regarding financial and administrative corruption in the government,” emphasizing that “this does not mean it came out of the national line.”

The Secretary-General of the Islamic Accord movement continued, “The head of the government has not been serious about combatting terrorism during the last eight years, and he has made it into a pretext for considering his bravery and remaining in power.”  He accused “Maliki of issuing orders to allow the escape of convicted terrorist Tarik al-Hashemi to Suleimaniya province and from there to Turkey, in order that he might remain a national hero while calling for Hashemi’s return and trial.”

Al-Wakil continued, “The operation of smuggling prisoners of Abu Ghraib and other prisons was organized, and word of this reached the Ministry of Justice, its internal counterpart, before it actually occurred.”  He stressed that “the Ministry of Interior did not move a muscle over the prisoner smuggling operations, just as the head of government did not issue any decision regarding his pampered son, Adnan al-Asadi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior.”

The Secretary-General of the Islamic Accord movement continued, “The fall of four helicopters in operations in Anbar in one week demonstrates that the weaponry contracted for by the government are no good and do not meet military standards,” pointing out that “the government has no shame and continues to laugh at the sons of the people by using handheld explosive detection devices for work in the streets and checkpoints, despite the discovery of a British court that they useless and the court’s ruling against those who exported them to Iraq.”

Al-Wakil continued, “Maliki awoke from his slumber after eight years and saw terrorism nowhere but in Anbar, and just ahead of the parliamentary election date by a month, so he began his military operations by which hundreds of Sunnis and Shi’is have been martyred because the operations lack strategy or clear plan,” according to his view.

Al-Wakil held the head of government, Nouri al-Maliki, “responsible for all the crises from which the country suffers, because of his isolation in power and decision-making and lack of reference to his partners in the National Alliance or compliance with the directives of the religious authorities.”

The British Old Bailey court issued on May 2, 2013, a ruling of ten years’ imprisonment for British businessman James McCormick, who sold to Iraq “fake” explosive detection devices, while the judge considered McCormick’s hands “bloodstained” and that “his trick reflects a heart without mercy, and this is the worst deception imaginable.”

The British newspaper The Guardian mentioned in its report from April 23, 2013, on which al-Mada Press was briefed at the time, that the jury at the Old Bailey trial had found British businessman Jim McCormick guilty on counts of fraud and forgery in order to reap millions of Australian guineas by selling ineffective explosive detection devices to Iraq.

The newspaper explained that McCormick sold the first of the explosive detection devices at a price reaching $15,000, while the cost of production of one of them was $23, pointing out that McCormick sold 6,000 of them to Iraq.

The newspaper mentioned that the jury found McCormick, who lives in the British city of Taunton, guilty on three counts of forgery and fraud, including selling explosive detection devices to Iraq at a value of $91 million, emphasizing that the explosive detection devices were basically novelty golf ball finders.

In 2007, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior contracted to buy the ADE 651 explosive detection devices from the British company ATSC, and the British company said that these devices could detect weaponry, ammunition, drugs, some types of fungi, the human body, and ivory, and that they need no batteries to work.  They added that the only thing it needs to work is for the user to move their legs up and down to generate the electricity needed for its use.

Many Iraqi jails and prison camps have witnessed recurring escape operations, perhaps the most serious of which took place in the prisons of Abu Ghraib and Taji on July 21, 2013.  This was a wide-spread, coordinated escape operation which resulted in the escape of 500 prisoners, most of them belonging to militant extremist organizations.  This came after large external attacks on prisons with complicity from within, according to government officials.