On Oct 12 I mentioned about one former Iraqi Ministry of Electricity named Ayham Al-Samarrai who had been convicted for corruption in an Iraqi Public Integrity Commission court headed by the lead Judge name Radhi Hamza Al-Radhi. The former Electric Ministry was sentenced to 2 years and he also had additional charges pending against him.
Sammarrai was being held at a Police Station located inside the green zone which Iraqi police officers supposedly were guarding him and along with a private security company. The private security company is supposedly American, we shall see if this is actually true but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Apparently, the Police were summoned away from the Police Station leaving the private security company with no Iraqi police presence and some how the convicted Ministry of Electricity Sammarrai escaped. The security company vanished also.
The great escape occurred on 17 Dec. I wonder if he had a change of clothes or did he have time to change clothes. Sammarrai was inside the green zone surrounded by thousands of US Military, Private security, Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and this guy walks away and according to the US Embassy Baghdad he is on the run.
I should also mention Sammarrai holds a dual US and Iraqi citizenship and maybe he is still in the green zone, maybe he is having some tea at the US Embassy.
This will be interesting to see how this develops and if they re-capture the convicted felon.
The day after Sammarrai, escapes the current senior Ministry of Electricity official Saed Abd al-hamid survived an assassination attempt on his life. The explosive device was hidden underneath his car and he was seriously hurt killing the driver and also wounding the Ministry administration department official who was also inside the vehicle.
I am sure these two incidents are unrelated. Maybe Sammarrai wants his job back.