UN Assistance Mission calls for due process in detention of electoral commission members
14/04/2012 15:04 BAGHDAD, April 14 (AKnews) - The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has called on Iraq to exercise due process with regard to the detention of two members of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).
A UNAMI statement said: "UNAMI is aware of the detention since April 12, in Baghdad, of two members of the IHEC.
"UNAMI continues to follow closely the situation and recalls that due process must apply in accordance with the principles enshrined in the Iraqi constitution."
On Thursday IHEC head Faraj Haidari and commission member Kareem Tamimi were arrested on financial corruption charges dating back to 2008. The commission said the case is related to giving some commission employees bonuses amounting to $85.76 (100,000 IQD) as well as giving 'financial support" to six people in the real estate deed office of Biyaa district.
Hanan Fatlawi, an MP from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition, circulated the report of Haidari's arrest on Thursday. She said the IHEC officials will be under custody for three days until a thorough investigation is carried out.
Haidair is now in a detention center under investigation by the Independent Integrity Board. During a phone call yesterday, he said the file is "only a fabricated case by MP Fatlawi".
"Giving financial support is a legal deed and within the authority of the commission," he said.
Deputy head of the Kurdistan Blocs Coalition Mohsen Saadun today called on political parties to unite against the arrest orders for Haidari and Tamimi.