The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov learned with shock and dismay about the murder of Mohammed Bdaiwi, Radio Free Iraq’s Baghdad Bureau chief, who was shot dead yesterday by an officer of the Presidential Guard in Baghdad.
“I strongly condemn this despicable crime and extend my condolences to the bereaved family of the victim, the media and the academic community and to the colleagues and friends of Mr. Bdaiwi”, Mr. Mladenov said. “The Iraqi authorities have reacted swiftly to obtain the surrender of the culprit. It is now up to the judiciary to prosecute him and to hold him accountable before the law” he added, calling on the Government “to do all it can to ensure that security forces personnel strictly abide by their rules of engagement for the protection of civilians, so that such tragic events do not happen in the future”.
“Circumstantial evidence indicates a random killing, however, this tragedy again highlights the vulnerability of people performing their duties in the media profession under the deteriorating security conditions of Iraq”, Mr. Mladenov underlined.