2 December 2013
IRAQI KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: Please send e-mails before 9 December to Judicial Council of Kurdistan Region of Iraq for political prisoner Hajjii Husseini
Husseini with CPT visitors at
In October, CPT Iraqi Kurdistan put out a release about the case of Hussein Hama Ali Tawfiq (known as Hajji Hussein). He will be having a hearing a week from today and is very much afraid the authorities will find an excuse (e.g., an investigation into his ill-treatment) to keep him in prison longer. The Iraqi Kurdistan team is thus asking that the CPT constituency to send e-mails this week to the Presidency of the Judicial Council of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Attention: Mr. Hozan, email@example.com
Below is a sample e-mail
Dear Mr. Hozan
I have learned from several international human rights organizations about the
case of the businessman, Mr. Hussein Hama Ali Tawfiq (known as Hajji Hussein),
who since September 2013 has been held in Kani Goma prison in Suleimani.
Mr. Hussein claims that after he was imprisoned on 27 March 2012 in an Asaish prison, he had been ill-treated, beaten and under physical violence and threats aimed at his family, was pressured to sign a false accusation against then-Mayor of Sulaimani Mr. Zana Hama Salih and other politicians, which he refused to do. On 4 April 2012, representatives of the Human Rights Committee of the KRG Parliament visited Mr. Hussein in prison and wrote a report proving that he had been ill-treated.
I understand that after refusing to sign false accusations, Mr. Hussein had been charged with involvement in corruption. He was later acquitted and released in November 2012. He traveled to Germany to receive treatment for his injuries. While he was in Germany, his case was appealed. I further understand Mr. Hussein voluntarily returned to seek a just resolution in September 2013, and was re-arrested on arrival.
The authorities produced no evidence to support the corruption accusations against Mr. Hussein to the Sulaimani Criminal court, yet he remains in prison. During the last court hearing on 25 November, the judges began to investigate the validity of his claim of the ill-treatment he reportedly experienced in prison. Christian Peacemaker Teams, along with other organizations and international community, believes that this investigation should not be used as an excuse to keep Mr. Hussein in detention.
Mr. Hozan, please look into this case and see that Mr. Hussein is released soon. The next court hearing is scheduled to take place on 9 December. We would like to ask you to make sure that no forces, apart from justice, influence the judges’ decisions and the process.
We believe that your involvement is crucial and will generate justice. We believe that you can make a difference and bring about the just resolution to this case.
Sometimes Iraqi Kurdistan team partners are taking on ExxonMobil, sometimes they are advocating for one man in prison who refused to tell a lie. Your donation helps shine a light on their efforts.