al-Maliki may believe the rape case isn't credible, but that doesn't justify not investigating these charges. For there to be a possibility of true freedom, a government must be willing to fully investigate those with the most power.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday fired a top Sunni official who had called for an international investigation into the rape allegations leveled by a Sunni Arab woman against three members of the Shiite-dominated security forces.
A statement by al-Maliki's office gave no reason in announcing the dismissal of Ahmed Abdul-Ghafour al-Samaraie, head of the Sunni Endowments. Al-Samaraie, whose organization cares for Sunni mosques and shrines in Iraq, had joined other prominent Sunnis in criticizing the government's handling of the case. [...]
The 20-year-old woman said she was assaulted Sunday at a police garrison where she was taken on suspicion of helping Sunni insurgents.
There's a report of another rape allegation by a 50-year-old Sunni woman.
So often people commit crimes like this for 2 reasons: 1) because they can and 2) because they want to prove their power in the most graphic way possible.
The flaw in this thinking is that by committing/covering up rape a person/group is demonstrating that their power is fragile and must be shored up.
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