Unlawful detention of Camp Liberty resident enters third week

Unlawful detention of Camp Liberty resident enters third week

Published by on April 1, 2015

Today, Tuesday, March 31, is the 16th day that Mr Safar Zakery, a Camp Liberty resident taken hostage on pretext of a suspicious car accident, is kept in detention.

On March 30, the investigative judge took two completely healthy soldiers to the court as injured passengers of the HUMVEE that had hit Mr Zakery’s vehicle, and took their affidavits as complainants. Vividly, fabrication of this case is aimed at prolonging Mr Zakery’s detention. Meanwhile, the driver of the HUMVEE that was guilty for the accident has not spent even a single day in prison. Until March 30, one of the excuses for not releasing Mr Zakery was that the statements of these two soldiers have not been registered, but Mr Zakery was not released even after their statements were registered. As such, under fictitious pretences and through constantly bringing up fresh and baseless charges, a completely innocent refugee is being kept in detention.

Safar Zakeri is being kept in detention despite the fact that the HUMVEE driver is the sole guilty party to the accident. Mr Zakery’s ID card and his official “Protected Person” card, as well as his driver’s license, are kept by the court.
The High Commissioner for Refugees officially wrote to the court in Karkh on March 23, 2015: “The Iranian national Mr. Safar Zakery is a Person of concern to UNHCR”.

All evidence point to a suspicious accident and a wicked plan to impose pressure on Camp Liberty residents.
Continuing the detention of Mr Safar Zakery, 60, is hindering his scheduled important surgery on 5 April 2015 in the hospital. This appointment for surgery was set after a three-year-wait and tolerating restrictions of the medical blockade on Camp Liberty.

Clearly the unlawful detention of Mr Zakery is a blatant breach of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Government of Iraq and the United Nations on 25 December 2011, and a violation of international refugee law and other commitments of the UN and US government.


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