Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kurdistan: Fight for justice in Kurdistan as suspect in journalist's murder is exonerated


The following is a CPJ blog post by Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East Program Coordinator.

The family of Kawa Garmyane, a journalist shot dead in Kurdistan in December 2013, has vowed to continue the fight for justice after Mahmoud Sangawi, a military commander charged with ordering the killing, was exonerated on Sunday by a court in Kalar. The court also upheld the death penalty handed to Twana Khaleefa, who was charged with carrying out the killing.

Sangawi had been named the main suspect in Garmyane's murder and was arrested on January 7, 2014, but he was released two weeks later after a court ruled there wasn't enough evidence linking the commander to the killing, according to news reports. He was detained again last month after a warrant was issued for his re-arrest, according to local news reports.

Read the full story on CPJ's website.