US lawmakers visiting Baghdad say Maliki refuses to allow visit to Ashraf

The Iraqi government has refused to allow a visiting delegation of US members of Congress to visit Camp Ashraf in order to discover facts about the killing of dozens of the camp’s residents, according to al-Hurra TV.

Al-Sumariya also reported that the US delegation criticized the Iraqi government’s decision to prevent the delegation from visiting Camp Ashraf.

 

 According to Iraqi news reports, a high-ranking bipartisan delegation from the foreign affairs committee of the US Congress visiting Iraq led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, revealed at a press conference that the Nouri al-Maliki government refuses to allow an investigation visit to Ashraf.

The reports indicate that Rep. Rohrabacher said at the press conference at the US embassy in Baghdad that the delegation discussed the April 8 crimes against Camp Ashraf and the imperative of conducting investigations with the Iraqi Prime Minister. He added that the Iraqi government’s decision to refuse to allow access to Ashraf has prompted the members to investigate in Congress how 35 residents were killed in Ashraf.

The delegation, which also included other members of Congress and advisors, criticized the Iraqi government’s decision, which had also refused to allow members of the European Parliament in April to visit Ashraf. The Iraqi government fears that such visits would document its crimes against Ashraf residents, which are considered to be crimes against humanity, and lead to prosecution in international courts.

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