A security source revealed on Monday that Iraqi poet Salah al-Harbawi turned himself in after his poem was published, through which he glorifies the former regime of Saddam Hussein and criticizes the current ruling parties.
Harbawi is now being held pending investigation in the anti-terrorism department of Nasiriyah city, said the source, who preferred not to be named, adding that Harbawi is due to be referred for judgement on Tuesday.
Poet Aqil al-Aard told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat that Harbawi’s poem “lacked awareness”. He explained that he had sought to compare between the pre- and post-Baath eras.
“He did not intent to praise Saddam,” he added.
Dawa Party member Qassem Mohamed Jabbar attributed the frequent lauding of the Baath and Saddam to the authorities’ failure to strictly apply the law that bans the party, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.