Thursday, February 22, 2007

Top Sunni Official Who Asked For Rape Investigation Fired

If this story is accurate, it won't advance the cause of democracy in Iraq. Even if the cause of the firing was related for a call for a rape investigation, the handling of this situation was botched.

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.

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.

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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