Funeral held for assassinated Iraq Shi’ite official

Last Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 16:12

Baghdad: Scores of people have taken part in the funeral procession for the assassinated Iraqi Shi’ite official who headed a committee tasked with rooting out those with ties to Saddam Hussein.

Meanwhile, Iraqi police hunted for the killer of Ali al-Lami.

The casket of Ali al-Lami, wrapped in the Iraqi flag, was carried on Friday morning by his weeping relatives and friends from his home in Baghdad`s eastern district of Sadr City. He was to be buried in the holy Shi’ite city of Najaf in the south.
A divisive figure in Iraqi politics, al-Lami had been accused of working with neighbouring Shi’ite Iran to sideline Sunnis from power and re-ignite sectarian tensions.

He was fatally shot by gunmen while driving his car late Thursday — the latest victim of an assassination campaign across Iraq that has killed tens of political and governmental figures.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 16:12

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