The Iraqi Communist Party has strongly condemned the cowardly murder of comrade Najim Abed Jassem (Abu Zainab), the party workers cadre, trade unionist leader and member of the executive committee of the Mechanics Union.
A statement issued by the Politburo of the Party’s Central Committee, issued on 1st April 2007, said that “the criminal murderers, enemies of life, peace and democracy, kidnapped and then assassinated comrade Jassem, in cold blood, on the eve of the celebration of his party’s 73rd anniversary.”
The statement, published on the first page of the party’s central organ “Tareeq Al-Shaab” on 2nd April 2007, condemned “this abhorrent crime and its perpetrators”. The martyr’s only crime was “his passion for his people, homeland and working class for which he struggled to achieve their just rights and a better life.”
The Iraqi Communist Party called upon the Iraqi government “to launch an urgent investigation of the kidnapping and assassination” of comrade Jassem, and “to declare the results of the investigation” and ensure “that the perpetrators receive just punishment for the crime they committed against a national, trade union and social figure.”
The statement expressed confidence that this barbaric act, “which is totally alien to all traditions and values, will only make us more determined to continue our struggle, regardless of the sacrifices, in defence of the interests of the people, the homeland and the causes of toilers and all workers.”
“As we bid farewell to the martyred comrade (Abu Zainab), whose death has constituted a big loss to the party, the working class and its trade unionist movement, we convey the deepest sentiments of solidarity and condolences to his family, comrades, friends and colleagues.”