Baghdad Says No Evidence for Alleged “Mass Execution” of Iraqi Migrants by Polish Forces
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Baghdad Says No Evidence for Alleged “Mass Execution” of Iraqi Migrants by Polish Forces

ERBIL — The Iraqi government said there are no concrete and legal proof to the reports claiming that a number of Iraqi migrants were “executed” by Polish border guards last year while attempting to cross Belarus-Poland border. 

Speaking to Iraqi News Agency, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed al-Sahaf said Iraqi Embassy in Warsaw coordinated an investigation with polish authorities in February which concluded that there are no legal and reliable evidences to the allegation. 

“There are no verified proofs such as witnesses, videos or photographs that could support the claim of mass executions on the border between Poland and Belarus,” Sahaf explained, noting that there has also been no complaint filed by any Iraqi citizen in this regard. 

“The government has formed a legal specialized committee to further investigate the reports. The committee is asked to submit an official report after concluding the fact-finding investigations,” the official added. 

Reacting to the report which found its way to the Iraqi media on Wednesday this week, Polish Consulate General in Erbil and Polish Embassy in Baghdad shared a statement on their official Twitter accounts to reject the allegations, calling it “disinformation”. 

“Today some media outlets in Iraq and the region published outrageous FAKE NEWS about the alleged crimes against Iraqis on the Polish-Belarusian border, citing Kremlin-affiliated RT," Consulate General of Poland in Erbil wrote on Twitter.

"Let's state the obvious: such claims are false & part of disinformation campaign against Poland," the consulate general added.

Last year, thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish nationals were among migrants from other Middle Eastern countries stuck in the border areas between Belarus and Poland while attempting to enter the EU in search for a better life.

Poland alongside its Western allies refused to allow the migrants to enter the European Union and said that they believed the migrants were being used as pawns in a political game by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to destabilize the EU in retaliation for its sanctions on his authoritarian regime.

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