UNITAD, DMI Underline Importance of Cooperation to Ensure Accountability

Special Adviser Karim A. A. Khan QC received Lieutenant General Saad Mezher Al-Alak, Head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) at the Investigative Team’s headquarters in Baghdad on February 4, 2020. They discussed various ways in which their strong cooperation can be further enhanced in pursuit of accountability for ISIL crimes committed in Iraq.

The cooperation between the Investigative Team and the DMI, and with Lieutenant General Al-Alak specifically, is part of the regular engagement with senior members of the national Government that the Special Adviser has sought in order to ensure continued understanding and support with respect to the scope and progress of UNITAD’s work.

These meetings, which have borne fruit to significant progress, have included consideration of ways in which UNITAD can provide support to ongoing proceedings in Iraq concerning ISIL crimes in accordance with the terms of reference. This cooperation has included the enhancement of mechanisms for coordination of action, transmission of a wide range of relevant evidentiary material and casefiles to the Team, including the collection of battlefield evidence.

After concluding their meeting, Lieutenant General Al-Alak presented the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability against Crimes Committed by Da’esh (UNITAD) with a palm tree as a symbol of the strong relationship UNITAD and DMI have built and continue to nurture as they cooperate to ensure accountability.

During the tree planting ceremony, Special Adviser Khan emphasized that this event reflected the importance of further deepening the roots of cooperation between UNITAD and the DMI, similar to how deep the roots of the Palm tree go.