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Thursday, July 14, 2005
Khalid Jarrar, My good friend, ABDUCTED
(the date on this post is intentionally wrong to keep it at the top)

Raed's Blog
Khalid's Mother
Khalid's blog

Today I logged on to http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com, Raed Jarrar's blog. I do this everytime I connect to the net, because keeping up to date with events in Iraq is one of my favourite passtimes. Today I saw something that scared, suprised and relieved me.

I had failed to get replies from Khalid with my last emails, and was wondering why... I thought maybe it had to do with him being in Ammam, but then he went back to Baghdad as his blog (http://secretsinbaghdad.blogspot.com states, after his house was robbed..... They took the hard-drive from his computer, and this makes me think it could have been the 'government'. Maybe they have problems with what his family are doing, bringing in thousands of dollars of medical supplies to suffering people. Or maybe their blogs are classified as "terrorist related websites".

Khalid Jarrar is a good man, and my friend. A person who from my view wanted to help make things better, and was in no way related to terrorist activities. - Maybe he bought some petrol on the blackmarket, maybe he owned a gun, but in Iraq... Who doesn't????

Khalid has (since July 10) been abducted by the mokhabarat (government agents).......... He is being held in a Jail cell like a prisoner or a criminal.
He was taken from his university.

I hope Khalid is released and not abused or harmed in anyway. And I will do whatever it takes to ensure he is released safely, the media here in Perth will run with this story, if it is pushed into their faces like I intend to.

I am angry and sad, but glad he is alive. Here is the post from his family off Raed's blog.

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My mom called me today at 7 in the morning, shouting with happiness: "Khalid is okay!". Niki and I were the last members of the family to know the "happy news". Khalid called my dad from the Iraqi mokhabarat's jail to inform us he was alive; he said he was abducted by the mukhabarat men from his university. My dad called my mom and Majed, and they informed us then.

The feelings of joyfulness in our family now would give anyone the impression that khalid has won the lottery! My mom spent the morning planning Khalid’s future, including the arrangements of his wedding party!

If your child or sibling vanishes for two days then calls from the secret service jail in any other place on earth, that would be considered a disaster and a violation of human rights…

In Iraq, however, it’s Happy News.

Because the other options include: To be tortured, executed, and thrown in garbage by SCIRI and their Badr brigades. To be held by the Iraqi police and left to choke to death in one of their cars. To be held by the US troops then disappear and be mistreated for months in one of their many prisons. To be kidnapped by one of the countless criminal gangs and cost your family some tens of millions of Iraqi Dinars and/or your life.

So now you can see why being held at the mukhabarat jail is such happy news!

My dad said that Khalid mentioned something about his writings or his blog. We’re not sure whether our blogs are the reason behind the abduction of Khalid, but it’s one of the possible scenarios. In case if they were, we’ll stand for our political values of anti-violence, anti-occupation, pro-dialogue, pro-free speech, and all of the other honourable stands that my family has taken in our lifetime.

Our goal now is to ask the mokhabarat to take Khalid to court and reveal what exactly he is being charged with (if anything).
7 Comments:
Anonymous mike said...
why has he been abducted, its obvious that he has done nothing wrong, so why?
perhaps some people in the government hate it when people tell the truth, it would appear the government has no interest in freedom of speech.
it seems that the government were behind the break-in too. that would explain why they took what they did.
i just hope he is released very soon.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
what can we do?

Blogger olivebranch said...
keep reading the updates, and go to http://giveusbackourkhalid.blogspot.com/ this site will be the best place for you to look from now on I think

Blogger olivebranch said...
that was meant to be
http://giveusourkhalidback.blogspot.com/ sorry about that everyone

Blogger olivebranch said...
Juan Cole responded to my e-mail, by posting this on his blog, then suspiciously deleting it... Maybe someone in the US didnt like it..

Here is what Juan Cole said to write, and who to as seen on his blog if you wish to email it to ppl.

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Write the following email, to the below mentioned places.
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Your Excellency

Please either charge or release Khalid Jarrar. If you merely detain him, without charge, without access to legal representation or the Red Crescent, then - with respect - you sink to the level of the US occupiers of Iraq. You just give them comfort - make them think that they can continue to violate the sanctity of the lives of Iraqis, because they can point at the actions of the Iraqi secret service and say, "We're not doing anything the Iraqis themselves are not doing."

I am copying this e-mail to as many of your fellow countrymen - Iraqis - as I can to let them know that I utterly deplore this rogue behaviour by your security personnel. I will not stand by, silent, while the secret service police of any country perpetrate human rights abuses upon their fellow nationals. This sort of thing alienates the true friends of Iraq, and it seems to me that just now Iraq needs all her real friends.

Yours faithfully
(insert name)
(insert city,state,country)

----------- to these places

1801 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 483-7500

Embassy hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Consular Section hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM

Please note: iraqia.washington@netzero.com will continue to operate. However, the new general e-mail address is admin@iraqiembassy.org.

Ambassador's Office
Fax: (202) 462-5066

Faiz Al-Gailani
Counselor / Deputy Chief of Mission
Fax: (202) 462-0564

Blogger emigre said...
Yes, and imagine what would happen if this got out. A lot of red faces, I'm sure.

Blogger Aunt Najma said...
OPEN YOUR E_MAIL.. I have GOOD news for you..

KHALID IS FREE!!!

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