- Sadiq Zoman Abrahim, 55 years old, was detained this
past August in Kirkuk by US Soldiers during a home raid which produced
no weapons. He was taken to the police office in Kirkuk, questioned by
the Americans there, then transferred to Kirkuk Airport Detention Center.
- It was from this detention center he was transferred
to Tikrit Airport Detention Center. While in this detention center Mr.
Abrahim managed to find a man who was about to be released, and have him
pass on to his family information about where he was.
- It was from this place that the Americans transferred
him, comatose, to the hospital in Tikrit.
- Acting on this information the family searched the hospital,
but was unable to find him. While there, the hospital administration informed
them they had someone in a coma by the name of Abrahim Sadiq Zoman, who
was dropped off two days prior by the Americans.
- According to the administrative staff at the hospital,
the only information provided by the Americans was the incorrect name and
a medical report which said Mr. Abrahim had suffered a heart attack. They
provided no information as to where he had been picked up, no address and
no other personal information.
- It is documented by both the hospital and Iraqi Red Crescent
in Tikrit (who took the photos of Mr. Abrahim), that the Americans dropped
the comatose man off with the aforementioned information. Before his family
had found him, the Iraqi Red Crescent had posted photos of Mr. Abrahim
on buses leaving Tikrit in hopes of someone recognizing him, as noone in
the city knew who he was.
- In the photos taken by the Red Crescent, Mr. Abrahim
appears with long hair and an unshaven, scruffy face. The staff at the
hospital shaved him, and cleaned up his ragged appearance.
- The doctors at the hospital in Tikrit, after performing
diagnostic tests, informed the family that Mr. Abrahim had suffered massive
head trauma, electrocution, and other beatings on his arms. An EKG proved
that his heart was functioning perfectly. The family was told that he was
in an unrecoverable state and would be in a coma for the rest of his life
from the obvious trauma suffered from torture.
- The family decided to take him to Haitha, where CT and
CAT scans proved the man was in a hopeless condition. In despair, the family
then took Mr. Abrahim to Baghdad, where the same tests verified his vegetative
state as being permanent.
- Now, today, three months later Mr. Abrahim lies dormant,
his eyes staring blankly at the ceiling, blinking slowly from time to time,
yet completely unresponsive to any stimuli.
- This horrible situation raises many questions.
- If the Americans knew who he was and where he was when
they detained him, why did they fail to provide this information to the
hospital when Mr. Abrahim was dropped off?
- Why did the Americans fail to notify the hospital of
Mr. Abrahim having an accident if there had been one?
- How do you explain the massive head trauma, the burns
on the bottoms of his feet caused by electrocution and bruises on his arms,
if he had only suffered a heart attack as the medical report provided by
the Americans states?
- The family saw Mr. Abrahim in perfect health upon being
detained by the Americans. He was in their custody the entire time until
dropped off at the hospital in Tikrit.
- No firearms, bombs, or other incriminating evidence was
ever found by searches conducted in the home of Mr. Abrahim upon his detention.
His family states that they have no idea why he was detained.
- Even if the worst case scenario was true: that Mr. Abrahim
was an active member of the resistance and/or a high ranking Baíath
Party member, does this justify being tortured by electrical shock and
being bludgeoned into a coma?
- Is this not a violation of International Law?
- Should not he have been held for a trial to determine
whether he was innocent or guilty?
- Today Sadiq Zoman Abrahim lies staring at the ceiling,
eyes wide open, in Haitha, Iraq.
- His family is left sitting with him, with nothing else
but unanswered questions from the CPA.