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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Story Update: IRAQI JUDGE: Alsammarae Will Go to Prison if He Steps Onto Iraqi Soil

In a fascinating update to my story of a few days ago regarding Aiham Alsammarae, the slimy pro-Obama Iraqi-American ex-convict who called for more insurgent attacks on American soldiers, the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council has declared today that Alsammarae will face prison time and more charges should he return to Iraq.

The official spokesman of the Higher Judicial Council, Judge Abdul Satar al-Bairaqdar told Aswat Al-Iraq News Agency today (Arabic link) that there are several verdicts concerning Alsammarae that are still in effect and that carry varying prison sentences. These verdicts were rendered by Iraqi courts against Alsammarae on charges of corruption, such as misuse of public funds and receiving kickbacks, during his tenure as Minister of Electricity in the Bremer and Allawi cabinets (2003-2005).

Alsammarae’s financial crimes are widely perceived by the Iraqi public as the reason behind the government’s continuing failure to provide enough electrical power to Iraq’s population. Another widely-held perception is that Alsammarae embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars during his tenure.

Judge al-Bairaqdar clarified that some verdicts and charges against Alsammarae fall under the newly-passed Amnesty Law, but that there are still others that were not covered under the amnesty and hence are still in effect. He added that the documents that Alsammarae had presented at the press conference he held four days ago in Amman are not enough to exonerate him from a legal standpoint.

Alsammarae had indicated that he shall be returning next July to resume his role in Iraqi politics.

Y'know, given how close Alsammarae was to Antoin Rezko, and how close Rezko was to Barack Obama, I'm certain that Alsammarae and Obama are intimately connected, and that at least some of Obama's worldview of Iraq was inferred by a slime-bucket such as Alsammarae, who now wants insurgents to kill more Americans and says so at the top of his voice. Yet even though in the past Alsammarae's story has been extensively covered by CBS, CNN, the New York Times and many others, his current shenanigans are being studiously ignored, presumably lest they reflect badly on the media's preferred presidential candidate: Mr. Obama, the anti-Iraq War candidate.

Part of why America went wrong in Iraq was its reliance on the likes of Alsammarae. His prosecution and conviction are part of the remedy; the likes of Alsammarae should never again be allowed to sabotage the Iraqi economy, and then get a free pass from U.S. officials. Does Obama agree? Is there a journalist out there that cares to ask him about that? And it's not as if Obama is being asked about some obscure angle of foreign policy; the course to be taken in Iraq will be one of the most important issues, if not the most important issue, of this election. Alsammarae and Obama's relationship to him are two storylines that are consequently, and definitely, relevant to the latter's candidacy.

But it's real hard to bring-up the Alsammarae affair within the format of a fluffy, soft-ball question, ain't it?

8 Comments:

Blogger Bill Baar said...

So if this is how Iraqis view Alsammarae, what will they make of Prez Obama?

They probably know more about him than we do. At least some Iraqis in that Judges offices certainly do.

Thanks again for this post.

6:42 PM, June 19, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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great post, thanks TG!! (thumbsup)

and here's some more good news.. :)

HT : Dan R. @ ITM

Al-Mahdi Army militias routed without a shot fired

excerpt:

[They came at dawn, thousands of Iraqi troops and US special forces on a mission to reclaim a lawless city from the militias who ran it.

By the end of the day, al-Amarah was under Iraqi Government control - without a shot being fired. ]

woot, way to go Iraq!! (thumbsup)

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9:04 PM, June 19, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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more re: Obama..

Obama's 2002 speech and Rezko's power plant in Iraq

pertinent excerpt:

[Let's focus on the key words "I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors".

To say that you know something requires an explanation. It has to be based on information certain—not a belief and certainly not hope. How did Obama know? How could he speak with such certainty?

Could it perhaps be because of Obama's 15-to-20-year friendship with convicted felon Syrian and Chicago resident Tony Rezko, his political fundraiser patron and personal real estate fairy? Could it possibly be because of Rezko's long-term relationship with exiles and former residents of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, many of whom have either resided in or visited Chicago?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with Iraqi-British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi, alleged to have been a long-time bagman for Saddam Hussein's secret money-laundering trail, to whom Rezko was "introduced several years" prior to 2005 "by a mutual acquaintance in London" and with whom he entered into a multi-million dollar 62-acre Chicago development deal, and the source of the $3.5 million "loan" wired from a Middle East bank that landed Rezko back in jail January 29, 2008, while he awaited jury selection on March 3, 2008?

Could it possibly be because of Rezko's affiliation with corrupt Iraqi exile and Chicago resident—and former Interpol fugitive—Aiham Alsammarae who returned to Iraq in 2003 to serve as the Coalition Provisional Authority's minister of electricity and who was jailed August 2006 in Iraq in relation to missing millions in reconstruction funds?

Could it possibly be because of the joint plan in 2003 by Rezko, Auchi and Alsammarae to build a power plant in Kurdish Iraq—a plan yet unfilled as recently as December 2006? (Recent information on Alsammarae here, here, and here.)]

RTWT & please note:
OBAMA GAVE THAT SPEECH ON OCTOBER 2, 2002..


with the coverage such as it is (hasn't been is more like it), and Obama getting caught in lie after bus toss lie, all the while claiming to he is the "victim' in all of this, etc.. one truly needs to stop & ask.. who and/or what is really behind making certain Obama is elected to be the next President of the US??

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9:10 PM, June 19, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have this Q for Barack Obama: Knowing what we know today about the success of the surge, would Senator Obama vote against the surge again as he did in 2006? In 2003 Obama could not vote on the beginning of the war in Iraq 'cause he wasn't an elected official. He merely gave a rousing anti-war speech. Many guys give good speeches. Pastors give good speeches. Televangelists give good speeches, so do self-help gurus. The sole important Iraq vote that Obama gave was on the surge. I'd like to know if he would still say no to the Iraq surge now that it has turned things around over there.

2:36 PM, June 20, 2008

 
Blogger bg said...

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HT : Pajamas Media

Obama’s Shifting Positions on Iraq

RTWT..

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2:52 PM, June 20, 2008

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..very interesting that the judge should say that, and yet Alsammarae has been back in Iraq on multiple occasions since january 2007. Furthermore, details of the charges center around misapropriation of funds in the purchase of a $200,000 generator in use in the Maysan Province and for the incorrect filing of documentation in the lease of a ministry of electricity generator to Baghdad's main Catholic Church (valued at $15,000). None of these charges have anything to do with "stealing" money, and moreover, none of it has to do with the claim of "hundreds of millions" that are alleged to have gone missing. And, most importantly, he was acquitted of these charges in Baghdad's supreme appeals court. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0612190152dec19,1,1068977.story?coll=chi-news-hed )

According to this interview with Massoud Barazani (http://web.krg.org/articles/detail.asp?rnr=81&lngnr=14&anr=9297&smap=01010100), the actions of the commission for public integrity (which accused Alsammarae of wrong doing), are themselves seen as a tool to settle political vendettas.In fact Barazani claims that the kurdish north, which is still Iraqi soil, is safe for all those who are persecuted by the commission.

Just for your own sake--and possibly to save yourself from indulging in the morally bankrupt behavior of labeling people "slime buckets", you should really get your facts straight.

5:30 PM, September 30, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Barazani interview is in arabic, I'll attach it translated here:

Al Arabiya:The Commission for Public Integrity Office announced today that three ministers, in the government of former PM Dr. Iyad Allawi, were being charged with waste and corruption. Listed is the prosecution of Mashaan al-Jabouri, former member of the National Assembly and Hazem Al-Shalan, Minister of Defense. Do you disagree with these charges?
Masoud Barazani: Corruption remains constant even in the current ministries. Why not go to the Office of the Commission for Public Integrity there is no doubt that there will be administrative corruption found there as well. We must open all the files and records of all ministries and departments and there must evidence and proof that corruption and mismanagement were found. Furthermore, the law must apply to everyone, but what is happening now is not the case.

Al Arabiya: Is it true that they are now in protection in Kurdistan?
Masoud Barazani: Mashaan al-Jabouri is abroad and Hazim al-Shalan is in Kurdistan. Moreover, Kurdistan is open to all those (government officials) who are prosecuted for political reasons.

Al Arabiya: Is this an indicator of protection for all politicians wanted?
Masoud Barazani: Kurdistan will remain open to anyone prosecuted for political reasons just as Kurdistan was open during Saddam's time to all those Iraqis who were chased out for their ideological and political views.

Al Arabiya : Is it true that some (government officals) have close relationships with the Kurds .....? Does this subject have a bearing on the issue of corruption?
Masoud Barazani: Never, any Kurd involved in any corruption will be held accountable... But as i said previously, the charges must be fair and accurate and must be free from political motivations.

Al Arabiya : In the case of Hazim Al-Shalan, do you think that the evidence put forward is false?
Masoud Barazani: I believe that there has been a significant exaggeration and furthermore, I am still convinced that what has been said with regard to Hazem Al-Shalan is a settling of (political) accounts and is not subject to judiciary accountability and punishment.

Al Arabiya : Have you seen the evidence/files?
Masoud Barazani: I have not seen them, but I have received information on the motives that prompted the Commission to take these measures against Hazim Al-Shalan. The Commission was forced to prosecute such allegations ( irrespective of his innocence). In other words, the trial is not fair or just. When justice is done the verdict will be welcomed.

Al Arabiya: Is this true of the case of Mr. Mishan Al-Joburi?
Masoud Barazani:In regards to Mishan and the others, I think what is happening now is the settling of political vendettas and this procedure is not a legal proceeding....this is not a neutral commission.

5:31 PM, September 30, 2009

 

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