U.S. Completing Turnover of Iraqi Prisoners

Tariq Aziz has been turned over to Iraqi custody to finish serving his 22 year sentence. He is one of 55 former members of Saddam Hussein's government turned over.

The handover was announced one day before Iraqi authorities take control of Camp Cropper, the last US-run detention facility in Iraq. Ibrahim said several more detainees would be turned over in the next 24 hours. The formal transfer of the last U.S. detention centre in Iraq -- Camp Cropper near Baghdad airport -- takes place on Thursday.

But the US military says it will keep control of roughly 200 prisoners even after the handover. US authorities will continue to oversee some operations at the prison until the end of the year.

According to Reuters,

The handover was part of a security pact signed in 2008 under which the U.S. military agreed to stop making arrests, hand over its remaining detention centres and withdraw completely from Iraq by the end of 2011.

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    His lawyer (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 02:31:26 PM EST
    Is not happy.

    From the UK Telegraph:

    Yesterday, Aziz's lawyer confirmed he had been transferred along with the other detainees on Tuesday night.
    "Aziz called me and said he was being held in the Kazemieh prison in Baghdad," said Badie Aref. "He should have been released. What the Americans did violates the Red Cross code because they handed him over to his enemies. His life is in danger now."

    Mr Aref urged intervention by international organisations and accused President Barack Obama of being "no different to Bush, he will take part in killing us, indirectly."

    Geneva Conventions (none / 0) (#2)
    by squeaky on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 02:44:29 PM EST
    When the hostilities are over POW's are repatriated.. they are also liable for crimes committed in their home country.

    His lawyer may not be happy, but I am not sure what he would suggest the US do, send him to gitmo?

    The US just handed Noriega over to his enemies in france, who said that they would honor his POW status. If Noriega was sent back to Panama he would more than likely face jail time there.

    And the Nazis were tried and sentenced in Germany.

    Not sure what your point is here, except maybe to get in some propaganda that Obama is no different than Bush.

    Please explain...


    What's to explain, mindreader? (5.00 / 0) (#4)
    by jbindc on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 03:52:51 PM EST
    I didn't post an opinion, just what his defense attorney is saying.

    Thought you loved that kind of stuff.


    BS (1.00 / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 04:51:40 PM EST
    You nor anyone here post something arbitrarily, what is your POV on it, so neither I or any one has to guess.

    His country, his court system (none / 0) (#3)
    by waldenpond on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 03:43:21 PM EST
    He was tried in a court of law and found guilty.  He's not getting set free.  

    "He said 'They will kill me directly or indirectly, either by preventing me from getting medication or by putting poison in my food'."

    He's 74 and in ill health which would worry anyone.


    I'm curious about the other 200. (none / 0) (#5)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 04:11:07 PM EST
    Did they give any information on them?

    They are in DC (none / 0) (#6)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 04:15:00 PM EST
    You can spot them by the (D) after their names.  :)

    what the hell does that mean? (none / 0) (#8)
    by DFLer on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:43:31 PM EST
    sorry, I'm dense. What is the (satiric) point you're making about Dems in DC?

    200 +/- (none / 0) (#9)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:47:10 PM EST
    is very close to the current majority in the House.

    Btal is Jimppj jr (none / 0) (#10)
    by waldenpond on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:51:40 PM EST
    btal is a Republican.  Just taking an opportunity to slam Dems.

    That's Mr. jimakappj (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:56:04 PM EST
    to you.


    And I don't know, but I would bet BTAL would disagree with me on Gay marriage, woman's right to choose, and several other issues.


    Try me. (none / 0) (#14)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:58:14 PM EST
    You appear to be slightly more moderate on some social issues but that doesn't make me a hard core right wing fanatic.

    Nope (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:23:31 PM EST
    I need all the allies around here I can get.

    Is it ok to say (none / 0) (#16)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 09:43:33 PM EST
    amen brother here?  ;)



    And proudly where that scarlet letter :) (none / 0) (#12)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:56:30 PM EST
    I'll pop R's (especially RINOs) when they deserve it as well.  

    typo: wear vs where - oops (none / 0) (#13)
    by BTAL on Wed Jul 14, 2010 at 05:56:56 PM EST
    BTAL BS report (none / 0) (#17)
    by DFLer on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 09:03:01 AM EST
    Alright...nothing in the charming exchange between you and PeanutPutterandJelly sheds any light on your post in question.

    So I'll figure it out for myself:

    You are calling the 200 some Democrats in Congress terrorists, enemy combatants and/or agents of Saddam H.'s deposed Iraqi government.

    That, of course is complete nonsense, not even close to any form of satire or humor....just plain bs.

    TomAto - tomato (none / 0) (#18)
    by BTAL on Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 10:41:37 AM EST
    Humor - humour, it is all in one's perspective.