In a remarkable failure of the Iraqi justice system, ISIS’ religious leader was arrested and released just minutes later after paying a $7,500 bribe (Arabic link).
The incident took place in a police station in Mosul, Iraq, according to local official Zuheir Hazzen el-Jaburi.
“I was in Mosul when a force from police intelligence arrested a man. After questioning they were told he was the mufti for the right bank of the [river in the] city – an ISIS member,” el-Jaburi said.
“We asked people who he was, and they proved he really was ISIS’ mufti. After he was arrested, he left a motorbike behind. An hour later we saw the motorbike was no longer there.
“We inquired about it. They said he was released 10 minutes earlier after he paid 75 notes [$7,500].”
Apparently Abu Omer wasn’t the first terrorist to be freed in this way. El-Jaburi said this type of corruption is rife in Iraq.