Iraqi agents prevent burial of slain Liberty resident

Iraqi agents prevent burial of slain Liberty resident

Published by on April 7, 2015

Ali_SalariIraqi agents of the Iranian regime stationed at Camp Liberty are still obstructing the burial of Ali Salari from who died 62 days ago due to medical blockade of the camp and refuse to hand over his body to camp residents.

Ali Salari passed away on 4 February 2015. He was tormented to death because of the medical blockade imposed on Camps Ashraf and Liberty.

Preventing the burial of Ali Salari is continuing despite the fact that all administrative and legal procedures, hindered and delayed because of the stonewalling by Iraqi agents, have been completed. He should have been buried in the very first week after passing away.

Iraqi agents, Sadeq Mohammed Kadhim and Ahmed Khozeir, who are tasked to manage Camp Liberty are psychologically torturing family members and the residents of Camp Liberty by preventing the handover of the corpse.

The body of Mr. Bardia Amir Mostofian, who lost his life during the forced relocation of residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, was handed over after 11 months. The bodies of the four martyrs of the December 26, 2013 rocket attack on Camp Liberty were buried eight months later only after countless complaints and referrals. In the past 62 days, residents’ representatives and legal advisors have referred over 60 times to the police headquarters at Camp Liberty to receive the body of Ali Salari and conduct the burial.

Moreover, in many meetings and phone calls they have asked UNAMI and its monitors to resolve this matter. Additionally, the residents’ Arab lawyers have written numerous letters to the U.S. Embassy or have called UNAMI and UNHCR to request the burial, but up to now they have received no reply from the Iraqi agencies, the UNAMI monitors, or the other institutions.

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