Iraq de-Baathification Shia official gunned down

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 27 May 2011


shiitenews_Iraq_de_Baathification_Shia_official_gunned_downTwo gunmen have shot martyred a senior Iraqi Shia politician who was responsible for removing people affiliated with Saddam Hussein's banned Baath party, from positions of power.

Iraq's security officials said two men used silenced weapons on Thursday to gun down Ali al-Lami in eastern Baghdad.

Thursday's shooting is the latest in Iraq's wave of targeted killings against politicians and officials.

Violence in Iraq has eased since the height of sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007 between Sunni and Shia militias, but bombings and attacks continue daily. Local government officials, police and army officers are now frequent targets of assassination.

Lami, a Shia Muslim, banned Baathist candidates from running in elections last March, and risked fuelling sectarian tensions in the already tumultous country after angering minority Sunnis who felt they were being unfairly treated by having some of their politicians disqualified.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki formed a multi-sectarian coalition government in December after nine months of political wrangling after the inconclusive March election results.


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Al-Lami was the executive director of the Justice and Accountability Commission (JAC). The JAC, more commonly known as the de-Baathification committee, was formed after the 2003 US-led invasion to ensure that Baath party loyalists of Saddam Hussein did not return to power in the new government.

The committee vetted people who were running for political office or were applying for government jobs for possible Baathist ties.

"He was killed ... he was alone with his driver without any security," Major Generall Qassim al-Moussawi, Baghdad security operations spokesman, said on Thursday.

Thursday's shooting is the latest in Iraq's wave of targeted killings against politicians and officials.

Violence in Iraq has eased since the height of sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007 between Sunni and Shia militias, but bombings and attacks continue daily. Local government officials, police and army officers are now frequent targets of assassination.

Lami, a Shia Muslim, banned Baathist candidates from running in elections last March, and risked fuelling sectarian tensions in the already tumultous country after angering minority Sunnis who felt they were being unfairly treated by having some of their politicians disqualified.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki formed a multi-sectarian coalition government in December after nine months of political wrangling after the inconclusive March election results.


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