Iraq to lift immunity of Sunni MP for terrorism 2009-02-22 20:32:42   Print

    BAGHDAD, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi authorities demanded to lift parliament immunity for a Sunni lawmaker accused of masterminding terrorist attacks, including a suicide one in the Iraqi parliament, a military spokesman said Sunday.

    "We have sent a letter to the Higher Judicial Council about lifting parliament immunity of Mohammed al-Dayni as he was implicated in confessions by his personal security chief and his nephew," Maj. Gen. Qasim Atta, a military spokesman for Baghdad security plan told a news conference.

    A video tape played for reporters and also broadcasted on the Iraqi official television showed that Alaa Khairallah Hashim, the lawmaker's security chief and his nephew Ryadh Ibrahim al-Dayni, confessed that they carried out several attacks for Dayni.

    "A suicide bomber entered the parliament and blew himself up by an authorization paper from Mohammed al-Dayni," Ryadh al-Dayni said in the video tape, referring to the suicide attack in April 2007 inside the parliament building that killed eight people, including a lawmaker.

    Mohammed al-Dayni released a statement during the parliament session on Saturday and said the Iraqi security forces arrested his bodyguards last week.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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