Iraq Rights Commission Reviews Evidence of Forced Confessions in Hashemi Case

Iraq’s Human Rights Commission reported it is reviewing "initial signs" that Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi’s staff was forced to give confessions that implicated the vice president in terrorist acts. Hashemi was able to flee to Iraqi Kurdistan before security forces could arrest him, but these confessions also led to the arrest of dozens of staff members. One of those, a bodyguard, died while in detention. The commission stressed the need for more investigation.

At least five Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in new attacks.

A bomb in Tal Afar killed a policeman and wounded two civilians.

One policeman was killed and two more were wounded when a bomb exploded near Falluja in Zowiya.

A policeman was killed during a drive-by shooting at his Samarra home.

Four policemen were wounded in a grenade attack in Saidiya.

An I.E.D. in Falluja wounded two civilians.

In Mosul, a bomb wounded three civilians. At least two people were killed in separate attacks.

In Baghdad, police arrested one suicide bomber and are searching for his female accomplice in the Hurriya district.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.