ERBIL — The victims of Halabja Chemical Attack are now asking the local authorities to reveal the truth behind the sudden and unexpected release of an Iraqi pilot who bombed Halabja in 1988.
Tariq Ramazan was a pilot in the former Iraqi army who dropped chemical bombs on 16th March, 1988 over Halabja to kill 5,000 civilians and leave more than 10,000 wounded.
Following the fall of the Baath regime, Ramazan, who was a Turkmen Iraqi, was captured in 2005 in Kirkuk. He was held by the security forces affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Sulaymaniyah for three years.
Later on 28th December 2008, Ramazan was unexpectedly and without a trial freed by the PUK security forces. He later told a newspaper that his freedom was granted by late PUK Secretary General Jalal Talabani.
Rebin Rahim, an activist from Halabja, told BasNews that the authorities should investigate the case and unveil the truth behind the mystery.
“On the anniversary of Halabja chemical attack, they should answer questions like who freed Tariq Ramazan? Who gave them the legitimacy to to free such a criminal?”
Rahim believes that the release of the pilot is a blatant insult to the victims of Halabja chemical attack.