The Iraqi writer Abdul Latif Al-Saadoun said that when America decided to invade Iraq, it put Latif Nassif Jassem, the minister closest to the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in sequence (18) in its list of 55 most-wanted, representing the first row of Saddam’s men, and considered their arrest a top priority.
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Al-Saadoun continued in an article on the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website that America showed a picture of Latif Nassif on the playing card (10) to introduce its soldiers to him, and he was arrested two months after the invasion.
When the Iranians dominated the security decision during the era of the first government of Nuri al-Maliki, and Qassem Soleimani, who supervised the Iraqi file in the Iranian leadership, had the main role in influencing the decisions of the Iraqi courts, especially those related to Saddam’s men whom Tehran viewed with hostility and hatred.
The share of Latif Nassif Jassem was to be sentenced to life imprisonment before a special court, for “crimes against humanity” even though he was first acquitted for “lack of evidence.”
He was subjected to severe torture and cruel treatment for 18 years in the notorious “Al-Hout Prison”, which caused him several clots, as well as loss of speech and inability to move, and he received little medical care only in his last days.
As Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi responded to the appeal of his sons to provide him with care, but fate wanted Latif Nassif Jassem to go to the side of his Lord, and he was in a tragic situation that did not help the doctors’ noses.
Some of his acquaintances remember that one of them asked an Iraqi official, in a private session, more than a year ago, about the possibility of releasing him after all this suffering.
The official’s response was that “the decision to keep Latif Nassif Jassem in prison is not ours.” It was then known that the decision was Iranian, and that Tehran was resentful of him, and others like him from Saddam’s men, who are still in prison.
When someone asked an Iraqi official about the possibility of releasing him after all these years, the response was that “the decision to keep Latif Nassif Jassem in prison is not ours,” and it was known that the decision was Iranian.
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The question here is about the “symbolism” that this minister possessed, which made the Iranians harbor all this hatred for him, and they could not stand him remaining free, even in his last days, even though he did not commit a crime under the law.
But what is known is that Tehran views him as the first person responsible for leading an “army” of writers, artists and intellectuals, thrusting them into media campaigns that contributed to spreading awareness among large masses of Iraqis, introducing them to the nature of the conflict between Iran and Iraq, and the extremist sectarian vision of the “Islamic Revolution” that Her ethnic project came to light at a later stage.
And here is recorded the success of Latif Nassif Jassim in establishing a curriculum for the Iraqi media in a difficult and complex stage, the war that lasted more than eight years, although that approach was marred by many errors, some of them fatal, including reliance on sick historical narratives, which did not escape from tension and attraction.
Latif Nassif Jassem, regardless of some objections to him, and his approach to managing the Iraqi media machine at the time, or even his adherence to and defense of Saddam’s proposals, was not a traditional minister in the accepted sense, as he was a popular figure, and he came from the countryside.
But he was able to interact with the influences surrounding him that refined his personality, and provided him with much of what he needed, in order to advance in the management of media and cultural institutions, relying on a group of intellectuals and writers who worked with him throughout the war years, including those who were not “Baathists.”
The product of that period was flourishing, poetry festivals, literary and intellectual conferences, art exhibitions, books and magazines, plays and cinematic films, singing and music, to the latest forms of human activity that establish a society that everyone dreamed of.
Tehran considers Latif Nassif Jassem to be primarily responsible for leading an “army” of writers, artists and intellectuals, who contributed to crystallizing awareness of the extremist sectarian nature of the “Islamic Revolution.”
Talking about Minister Jassem’s career leads us to prove the fact that he is only one of the dozens of officials and soldiers of Saddam’s regime, who were destined to spend their lives in prisons, and like them are thousands of political activists opposing Iranian hegemony who were sentenced by unjust decisions, and it is time for them to obtain their freedom, and that They are covered by a general amnesty.
Especially if Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi really wants to establish a new situation, as he promised more than once, and to hold truly free and fair elections, and the key to any democratic political process is to pardon political opponents, grant them their freedom to live in their country with dignity and safety, and even allow them doing political work.
We say this while we realize that Al-Kazemi cannot deviate from the Iranian “dictations” imposed by Iran’s evil dominance, according to the principle of “fait accompli,” and as a page of its imperial ethno-sectarian project, but nothing ever lasts.
The death of Latif Nassif Jassim
It is noteworthy that a week ago, the Iraqi Minister of Information during the era of Saddam Hussein, Latif Nassif Jassem, died, according to what was announced in the Dhi Qar governorate in southern Iraq, as a result of complications from many diseases that afflicted him inside the “Al-Hout” prison near the city of Nasiriyah, which includes senior men of the era Saddam.
During the three decades during which the Baath ruled in power, Jassem held several high positions, including head of the General Corporation for Radio and Television, Minister of Agriculture, and Minister of Information. He was a personal friend of Saddam and one of his most reliable aides.
He is considered the most famous Minister of Information during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-1988), where he played a role in media mobilization during that long war.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, following an appeal to him from the family of Minister Jassem, ordered his release from prison on humanitarian grounds, and presented him to doctors in a hospital in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, while providing the maximum possible care for him, according to the newspaper “Al-Sharq al-Awsat.”
Two days before his death, his youngest son, Bassem, wrote a tweet on Twitter, in which he thanked Al-Kazemi and the medical staff at Al-Karkh Republican Hospital, where Jassem underwent treatment prior to his death.
Basem said in his tweet: “We extend our sincere thanks, appreciation and gratitude to His Excellency Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi for his order to stand up and follow up on the health of our father as soon as he learns about our appeal.”
The son of the former minister added: “If this indicates the state of equality and the humanitarian view of all the sons of Iraq alike.”
This is the first time that an Iraqi prime minister has responded to an appeal from the family of a senior leader among the 55 list drawn up by US forces for the leaders of the first row of Saddam Hussein’s regime, led by Saddam Hussein himself, his two sons, his brothers and members of the Revolutionary Command Council, including Latif Nassif Jassem and some ministers who were included in that list.
Over the past years, and after various rulings were issued against these officials by the Supreme Criminal Court between execution and life, the three most famous leaders of that regime have raised an internal and external uproar around them, they are Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister, who died in prison, after all efforts to release them failed. released him.
Sultan Hashem Ahmed, the Minister of Defense who died last year in prison from illnesses he contracted during detention, as all pressures for his release failed, and Saber Al-Douri, the former intelligence director in Saddam’s regime, who is still serving his prison sentence despite dozens of appeals and delegations from Karbala governorate, which is a Shiite governorate, is required to release him from prison because, according to the Prime Time Zone there, he was the best governor who served the governorate, while he is from the Sunni sect and from Salah al-Din governorate, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
The late medical care that Jassem received did not work, as he breathed his last, on Monday, at the age of eighty years.
Jassem, who was arrested in 2003, was serving a life sentence in Al-Hout Prison in Nasiriyah.
He graduated from the College of Science at the University of Baghdad in 1966, while he joined the “Baath Party” in 1957, and was arrested several times before the “Baath” came to power in Iraq in 1968.
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