Baghdad frees 17 police officers from Tuz Khormato

December 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Tuz Khormato (Karwan Salehi)

Zhino Khalil- Salahaddin

Seventeen police officers who detained earlier this month by the Iraqi authorities for voting at the Kurdistan referendum for independence were freed today, Thursday.

Mohammad Fayeq the spokesperson for Tuz Khormato mayoral office who has not returned to the city yet says “last night 12 of the police officers were bailed and today Thursday [December 7] the rest were also bailed.”

“The police officers have returned to their families after they were questioned by the authorities,” Fayeq said without providing any more information.

Earlier this month the ministry of interior in Baghdad provided a list of 29 police officers from Tuz Khormato to Salahaddin governorate ordering the officers to report to a base in Tikrit but when the 29 officers reported, they were promptly arrested.

Mala Hassan a member of the Salahaddin Provincial Council told Kirkuknow earlier this month that out of the 29 officers 17 have been arrested for voting in the Kurdistan referendum for independence, two of whom are his bodyguards. He said the reason for their arrest was voting in the Kurdistan referendum.

Tuz Khormato is one of the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil and is located in Salahaddin province. The residents are Turkmen, Arabs, and Kurds. Most of the Kurdish residents of Tuz Khormato and other disputed areas were displaced after the events of October 16 when the Iraqi forces extended the authority of the federal government and forced out the Kurds from all the disputed territories including Kirkuk.

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