A woman from Iraq's Najaf accused Sadrist Movement Leader Muqtada al-Sadr of being involved in killing her only son in Sadrayn Square.
Armed groups, believed to be affiliated with the Sadrist movement, attacked the Square early February, killing nine demonstrators, including Muhannad al-Qaisi, the lady’s son, and wounding dozens.
The woman's statements came on Sunday at the Tahrir Square, central Baghdad, during demonstrations held in support of the protest movement on the occasion of “International Women's Day”.
She expressed sorrow and grief, urging international and human rights organizations and the government to take action in this regard.
She also affirmed that her family is independent and doesn’t support from any political party, stressing that her son stormed Iraq’s streets in demand for a country that maintains his dignity and that of others his age.
Two weeks ago, the lady recorded a video addressing Sadr and grieving her son's death, asking what guilt did he commit to be killed. However, back then she didn’t directly accuse Sadr of her son's murder.
The Movement, for its part, didn’t respond to the accusations.
Sources in Najaf told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the Najafi lady wanted to reach the grave of Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr to complain about his son’s actions, but she was not allowed to.”
Activists have launched a criticism campaign against Sadr several weeks ago after his followers were accused of being involved in the killing and wounding of many demonstrators in Najaf and Baghdad.
Sadr is seen today by many as one of the most prominent figures defending the regime after he was represented as an opposing figure against regime corruption and one who seeks to make reforms.
Many protesters believe that his presence in Iran at the beginning of the demonstrations has affected his stance.
The protests Sadr called for late January against the US presence in Iraq has led to the division between Sadr and the rest of the anti-Iranian groups in Iraq.