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WikiLeaks: 2007-07-26: 07BAGHDAD2473: Ninewa: Christian PC Member Arrested in CPI Sweep

by WikiLeaks. 07BAGHDAD2473: July 26, 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 05:39 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07BAGHDAD2473 2007-07-26 06:43 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO2762
RR RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #2473 2070643
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 260643Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2453
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 002473 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/26/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PINR KDEM KJUS IZ
SUBJECT: NINEWA:  CHRISTIAN PC MEMBER ARRESTED IN CPI SWEEP 
 
REF: A. BAGHDAD 02297 
     B. BAGHDAD 02396 
 
Classified By: PRT Ninewa Team Leader Jason Hyland for reasons 1.4 (b) 
and (d) 
 
This is a Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team 
(PRT) message. 
 
1.  (C) Prominent Christian politician and provincial 
council (PC) member Gevara Zia Youkhana (Assyrian 
Democratic Movement - ADM) was arrested July 18 by the 
Iraqi Police (IP) in conjunction with a Commission for 
Public Integrity (CPI) investigation into misuse of public 
funds charges.  ADM chairs for Ninewa, Basim Bello, and 
Dahuk, Edmond Youkhana, requested a meeting to discuss 
Gevara's detainment, which TL Knight and incoming TL Hyland 
hosted at the PRT on July 21st.  Though not advocating for 
his release, they stressed the politicization of the 
process, citing the KRG's expansionist agenda in the Ninewa 
plains (under Article 140), which the ADM opposes. 
Youkhana said, "We are not here to ask you to try to 
release Gevara.  The investigation should go through the 
legal system, but we want you to watch how it is 
different." 
 
2.  (C) That afternoon, IPAOs Holtsnider and Polacheck 
traveled to the IP complex to get a first hand account of 
the situation from Gevara.  He stated that his arrest had 
been professional, respectful and without handcuffs.  He is 
allowed visitors, well-fed and is not being held in the 
general prisoner population.  He has yet to be formally 
charged and he alleged the misconduct (using PC 
reconstruction funds to purchase school supplies) was not 
criminal.  Like ADM chairs Bello and Youkhana, he claimed 
that his case is being handled in a political manner.  His 
name had been released to the local media the day of his 
detainment and the other PC members under investigation 
were still free or at large (except Chairman Issa - 
REFTELs).  He implicated Vice-Governor Khasro Goran (KDP) 
in these mechanisms, saying because the CPI North director 
Sulvani (REF B) is a KDP member, he is taking orders from 
Khasro.  Gevara and the ADM chairs declared this 
investigation an attempt to discredit their party just as 
the Article 140 process is elevating tensions. 
 
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COMMENT 
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3.  (C)  With a key figure in Provincial Council corruption 
allegations, former finance committee chair and PC member 
Francis Mansour (KA), possibly on the lam in the KRG, and 
six of the eight arrest warrants of this investigation 
unserved (all for KA members, including a Christian female 
PC member), the current activities of the CPI have taken a 
decidedly partisan tint.  The PRT will monitor the 
situation and press for the rule of law, as fierce 
political maneuverings continue in the lead-up to a 
resolution of the Article 140 process.  END COMMENT 
CROCKER

 



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