Tribe chieftains to sort out case "immediately" instead of court

Two people arrested for abuse of Kaka’i

Kirkuk, July 29, 2022: Kaka'is gather at the house of Ayman Abid who was insulted by gunmen. KirkukNow

By KirkukNow

Two people were arrested on charges of insulting a Kakai young man from Kirkuk, and they are scheduled to be brought this afternoon to the Kakai young man's house and the case will be resolved through clan reconciliation in the presence of the heads of at least 60 clans.

The Kaka’is held a press conference Friday afternoon, July 29, in front of the Kaka'i young man's home in Kirkuk.

Nazem Al-Kaka’i, the Kaka’i’s spokesman in the case of Ayman Abdi and his uncle, said in the press conference, which was covered live by KirkukNow, “The person who filmed Ayman Abdi and the person who abused him and shaved his mustache have been arrested. Dozens of heads of tribes are scheduled to visit us. Both sides in presence of the clans of the various ethnicities of Iraq will meet at four thirty in the afternoon, Friday,at Abdi’s in order to resolve the issue tribally.”

On Saturday, July 23, Ayman Abid, 38, a Kaka’i resident of Kirkuk, said he was beaten and threatened by a group of militants of pro-Shiite paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces PMF known as Hashid Shaabi.

Abid, a Peshmerga (Kurdish fighter), Works as construction labourer with his friends on off days. After that he and a friend went to work in Tuz Khurmatu district of Salahaddin province on July 21st, where they had an argument. His friend reproaches the Kurdish Peshmerga, provoking Abdi to criticize the PMF. His friend videotaped Abdi.

Two days after the conversation, Abid said, a group of Hashid militants went to his workplace, attacked him and arrested him.

They shaved part of his moustache and hair, tortured me, broke his head and nose, knowing that keeping a moustache is a religious commitment for the Kaka'i male.

Video of Friday Press conference of Kaka'is covered live by KirkukNow

Sardar Agha, head of the Kaka'i tribes in Iraq, said during the press conference, they have put two options before the Kakais regarding the incident of abuse against Ayman Abdi Al-Kaka'i, either refer the case to the judiciary or solve it clan-based.

“It seems that everyone voted for the second option, which is the clan solution. It seems that the clan solution brings quick results."

Iran played a role in the clan solution

However, he said, "Iran played a role in the clan solution, given that three million Kaka’is living in Iran had their say."

On Sunday evening, July 24, a delegation of Hashdi Shaabi and a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards named Iqbalpour visited the KakaiI elderly and community leaders in Kirkuk to discuss the issue of insulting a Kakae citizen.

Kaka'i, Yarsanism or Ahl Alhaq, is a secretive monotheist spiritual religion that has no special places for worship, a religion mostly practiced in Iraq and Iran. Kaka'i followers are about 100,000, mostly found in northern provinces of Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk, Erbil, Ninewa up to Diyala in the middle of Iraq.

Yarsanism has not been officially recognized in the Iraqi constitution yet it has been in the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region. Their villages and towns were a target for extremist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS whom persecuted them as “idol worshippers.”

The incident sparked widespread protests in Iraq, especially in Kirkuk, until Sunday, July 24, the Hashid Shaabi delegation and the Iranian commander met with them and a cautious calmness has occurred as an outcome of the talks.

Sardar Agha explained that "the heads of 60 to 70 clans of different nationalities will attend in order to apologize to the Kakais as a third party in the case, and the two people will be brought before the clans and the opposite party will listen to the demands of the Kakais in exchange for amnesty," but Sardar Agha did not go into more details about their demands.

He added, "We ask the media to obtain official statements only from me and Ziad Kakai only."

It is scheduled to announce the decision in the case of the Kakai young man after four thirty in the afternoon today. The tribal judges will take the decision while the third party of the clans will call on the Kak’is to show more tolerance.

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