Monday, July 6, 2015

Iraq: Walid Yunis Ahmad is being held in a prison more than three months after he was due to be released. - URGENT ACTION

Amnesty International

An Iraqi man, Walid Yunis Ahmad, also known as Abu Khubeib, completed a prison sentence in March but has not been released. The authorities have not told him, his family or his lawyers why he has been kept in prison, or of any new charges brought against him.

He has been kept in Zerka prison in the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Amnesty International wrote to the Kurdistan Regional Government on 14 May asking why Walid Yunis Ahmad had been kept in prison after he had completed his sentence, but received no answer. During a meeting with an Amnesty International delegation visiting the KRI in 2010 a senior government official told the delegation that despite not having any formal charges against him, Walid Yunis Ahmad could never be released because he was considered as a dangerous person.
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