Sunday, March 25, 2007

Report: Maliki orders Mosul police officers re-instated

Left: Police stage a ribbon cutting ceremony for a police station in Mosul in 2004. Mosul is Iraq's third largest city, with about 2,000,000 inhabitants. A mix of Arabs and Kurds, it is the subject of dispute between the two, and they have struggled for control of the police department. The attempt to fire 40 under de-Baathifaction laws may have been a tactic against Arab officers.

Mosul, March 25 (VOI) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki instructed that 40 policemen be reinstated into service after they were sacked on Thursday in accordance with the de-baathification law, the Ninawa police chief said on Sunday.

"The prime minister approved our request to have the 40 officers back in service in the police department," Maj. General Wathiq al-Hamadani told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

The policemen "resumed their work in departments as of Sunday morning" in the predominantly Sunni Ninawa province, 402 km northwest of Baghdad, Hamadani said.

From VOI

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