Abdel Basset Turki
Abdel Basset Turki was Minister of Human Rights in the cabinet appointed by the Iraq Interim Governing Council in September 2003. He resigned in April 2004 in protest at the deaths of over 600 Iraqis during the siege of Falluja.
In November 2003 Turki demanded access to the captured "Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards", saying they were not all prisoners of war. He condemned human rights violations by US and allied troops in the Combined Joint Task Force 7. He called for victims to be paid compensation.
After the emergence of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal in May 2004, Turki stated that he had complained to Paul Bremer, the US head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in November 2003 of human rights violations in Iraqi jails but had "received no answer".
Abdel Basit Turki al-Sae'ed is now Iraq's acting central bank governor, and simultaneously the head of the country's Supreme Audit Board. This questionable appointment was followed after he led an audit in september 2012 of the central bank currency auctions convincing him that $800 million is "transferred illegally under false pretenses" outside of the country every week. This was related in the October 31st 2012 report from the US government's Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). "Turki was not available for comment on his report".
Coalition Provisional Authority
|Minister of Human Rights
September 2003–April 2004
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