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British government bans dissident Iraqi MP

Issue No. 2033

Tony Blair likes to pretend that his murderous war on Iraq has “brought democracy” to the country – so why is his government refusing a whistleblowing Iraqi MP entry into Britain?

Mohammed al-Deeni, an independent member of the Iraqi parliament, was to address a meeting in the House of Commons about torture, murder and human rights abuses in Iraqi jails.

But his visa application was turned down in record time by the British embassy in Jordan – who didn’t even bother to interview him about the reasons for his visit.

Respect MP George Galloway, one of the organisers of al-Deeni’s visit, said, “Our prime minister says that Iraq is a democracy. Yet when an Iraqi MP wants to speak to his counterparts in Britain about inconvenient truths he’s not allowed into Britain.

“No MP, almost irrespective of their view on the decision to go to war, can allow this to stand. I have today tabled a motion condemning this decision, written to the Speaker, and demanded of the foreign office that they reconsider.”

Al-Deeni produced a groundbreaking documentary highlighting abuses at Diyala prison that has been shown around the world. Within days of its broadcast, ten of his cousins were murdered by sectarian death squads.

Urge your MP to sign Early Day Motion 594 that George Galloway has tabled demanding that the foreign office allow Mohammed al-Deeni to visit Britain.

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Sat 13 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2033
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