Iraq: Integrity Commission chief dies in car accident

The Chairman of the Iraqi Commission of Integrity, Judge Izzat Tawfiq Jaafar, died in a car accident in the northern Kurdish region yesterday.

“The head of the Judicial Integrity Commission, Izzat Tawfiq Jaafar, died in a traffic accident in Dohuk province,” the agency said in a statement.

He was transferred to a nearby hospital, but succumbed to his wounds today, a medical source told Kurdistan 24.

The official of the General Directorate of Traffic in the province of Dohuk, Azad Taha, said Jaafar’s car collided with another as a result of heavy rain killing two people and injuring five others.

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The independent Integrity Commission is linked to parliament and investigates corruption in official circles.

The Commission praised Jaafar’s “dedication in carrying out his duties to the nation. He never wasted a minute and was always keen to carry out the tasks entrusted to the organization with wisdom and knowledge.”

A Kurd, Jaafar was born in 1970 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He is survived by his wife and six children.