BAGHDAD, July 26 (KUNA) -- Iraqi Vice President Tareq Al-Hashemi criticized
Thursday the security plan imposed in Baghdad and said it was no longer legal
after the suspension of emergency laws.
The vice president's statement comes after two booby-trapped cars went off
Wednesday afternoon while civilians crowded in the streets to celebrate the
Iraqi national football team's qualification for the Asian Cup finals.
Hashemi condemned all bombings that targeted the celebrations and said that
there were those who were constantly trying to "obliterate any speck of hope
for the Iraqi people and tried to transform their joy into pain."
It is the right of Iraqis to rejoice, he said, and wondered where the
"modern equipment that was imported to curb these crimes" was and why security
measures had not been taken.
He demanded that those responsible for the Baghdad law enforcement security
plan gave immediate clarification on the matter.
Meanwhile, the vice president had said in a meeting with US Ambassador Ryan
Crocker yesterday that the Baghdad law enforcement plan was no longer legal
after the suspension of the emergency laws in the country.
Hashemi's office issued a statement Thursday saying the vice president
discussed with the US official the "clear violations" of human rights in Iraq
and called for setting up an independent committee to draw light to the extent
of this humanitarian catastrophe. (end)
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