- Title: Prominent Iraqi analyst and advisor buried in Najaf after killing
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: PROCESSION ARRIVING IN IMAM ALI SHRINE BEHIND SECURITY PERSONNEL MOURNERS PRAYING IN FRONT OF COFFIN IN IMAM ALI SHRINE MOURNERS STANDING UP AFTER PRAYER MOURNERS CARRYING COFFIN IN SHRINE COFFIN BEING OFFLOADED FROM VEHICLE, MOURNERS WAITING AT ENTRANCE OF WADI AS-SALAM CEMETERY (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JOURNALIST, HUSAM AL-KAABI, SAYING: "The Iraqi government has no other option but to find out who is behind the killing of activists, intellectuals and journalists because such crimes have occurred repeatedly and it seems that they will happen again if they are not deterred. Public opinion requires the government to find out who is behind the assassination of Doctor Hisham al-Hashemi." SHEIKH PRAYING OVER COFFIN DRAPED WITH IRAQI FLAG IN WADI AL-SALAM CEMETERY VARIOUS OF MOURNERS BY COFFIN
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 20:15
- Keywords: Assassination Burial Hisham al-Hashemi Iraq Killing Najaf
- Location: NAJAF, IRAQ
- City: NAJAF, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA003CLTAN2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Mourners gathered in the Iraqi city of Najaf on Tuesday (July 7) for the funeral of a well-known former government advisor and political analyst who was shot dead a day previously.
Hisham al-Hashemi, who had written about politics, Islamic State and the role of Iran-backed militias in Iraq was killed on Monday (July 6) in a rare high-profile killing in the Iraqi capital, government officials, police sources and medics said.
The funeral procession, accompanied by an orchestra, first marched towards the Imam Ali Shrine and later to the Wadi al-Salam cemetery where the burial took place.
Hashemi, who was well-connected with politicians, activists and paramilitary officials, worked as an advisor to former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and informally with the government of current Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, a government official said.
Kadhimi issued a statement offering his condolences. Iraq's state paramilitary organisation, which is dominated by Iran-backed groups, called for an investigation of his death.
(Production: Alaa al-Marjani, Charlotte Bruneau, Mohammed Katfan, Louisa Naks)
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