Abdel Basset Turki

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Abdel Basset Turki al-Hadithi
Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq
In office
October 2012 – 19 October 2014
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Preceded by Sinan Al Shabibi
1st Minister for Human Rights
In office
September 2003 – April 2004
President Iraqi Governing Council
Prime Minister Iraqi Governing Council
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Bakhtiar Amin
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Anbar, Iraq

Abdel Basset Turki al-Hadithi was Minister of Human Rights in the cabinet appointed by the Iraq Interim Governing Council in September 2003.[1] He resigned in April 2004 in protest at the deaths of over 600 Iraqis during the siege of Falluja.

In November 2003 Turki demanded access to the captured "Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards", saying they were not all prisoners of war. He condemned human rights violations by US and allied troops in the Combined Joint Task Force 7. He called for victims to be paid compensation.[2]

After the emergence of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal in May 2004, Turki stated that he had complained to Paul Bremer, the US head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in November 2003 of human rights violations in Iraqi jails but had "received no answer".[3]

Abdel Basit Turki al-Sae'ed was Iraq's acting central bank governor from October 2012 until October 2014, during that period he was simultaneously the head of the country's Supreme Audit Board. This questionable appointment was followed after he led an audit in September 2012 of the central bank currency auctions convincing him that $800 million is "transferred illegally under false pretenses" outside of the country every week. This was related in the October 31st 2012 report from the US government's Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). "Turki was not available for comment on his report".[4]

In December 2014 the Supreme Court of Iraq concluded that the findings from Turki's audit report were unfounded. Again "Turki was not available for comment".


Preceded by
Coalition Provisional Authority
Minister of Human Rights
September 2003–April 2004
Succeeded by
Bakhtiar Amin