TODAY’S – Investor arrested in Arbil appeals to Ankara for help

Investor arrested in Arbil appeals to Ankara for helpA Turkish businessman, who has been under arrest in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil since March 2, has asked Turkish officials to facilitate his release, sources familiar with the issue said on Sunday.Iahin IimIek, who has construction investments in the region of northern Iraq, was reportedly taken into custody by local police over a dispute regarding a construction project with his Iraqi partners.

Separate accounts shared messages from IimIek on Twitter, saying he was under arrest pending trial as part of a lawsuit that his partners filed against him a year earlierIimIekand#39s family said he went to Arbil on March 1 for a court trial to be held a day later He was arrested following the trial on March 2 and may be transferred to another prison in Sulaimaniya, IimIekand#39s daughter Melek revealed to the Turkish media on Sunday. Melek IimIek added that the family was concerned about her fatherand#39s life.

andldquoThey could bring forward even bigger allegations and order his execution,andrdquo she said.The origins of the dispute that led to IimIekand#39s trial were not immediately clear However, IimIek is the representative of the Turkish All Industrialists and Businessmenand#39s Association (TuMSIAD) to Iraq and was at odds with local partners over a $32 million construction project in Arbil last year His family said IimIek was afraid to appear at the court hearing on March 2 but that Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, with whom he is acquainted, had guaranteed his safety.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman