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Medical Assoc vows to defend physician arrested in failed UK bombings



1. Exterior of Iraqi Medical Association building
2. Sign reading (Arabic) “Iraqi Medical Association”
3. Set up for Nadhim Abdul-Hameed Qassim, Head of Iraqi Medical Association
4. Close-up of Iraqi Medical Association emblem
5. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Nadhim Abdul-Hameed Qassim, Head of Iraqi Medical Association:
“Certainly, the Iraqi government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs will properly defend him (the suspected Iraqi physician). And the Iraqi Medical Association will spare no effort to present any aid or assistance required to lift any injustice or harm suffered by this Iraqi physician, after checking the details (of the case).”
6. Cutaway
7. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Nadhim Abdul-Hameed Qassim, Head of Iraqi Medical Association:
“The Iraqi physicians have a good reputation thanks to their morals and the humanitarian and medical services they have been providing, which are well-recognised both inside and outside Iraq, as well as the good reputation they have enjoyed for 50 years. Therefore I don’t think that an Iraqi physician with such qualities, values and morals would carry out acts detrimental to humanity.”
8. Exterior of Iraqi Medical Association building
STORYLINE:
The head of the Iraqi Medical Association in Baghdad said on Wednesday that the Iraqi government and his organisation would “spare no effort” in assisting the Iraqi physician who was arrested after the failed car bombing attacks in Britain.
“Certainly, the Iraqi government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs will properly defend him,” Nadhim Abdul-Hameed Qassim told AP Television.
“The Iraqi Medical Association will spare no effort to present any aid or assistance required to lift any injustice or harm suffered by this Iraqi physician, after checking the details (of the case),” he added.
All eight of the suspects arrested following car bombing attempts in London and Glasgow were employed or previously employed by Britain’s National Health Service.
The suspects, whose names have not been confirmed by police, include one doctor from Iraq and two from India.
There is a physician from Lebanon and a Jordanian doctor and his medical assistant wife.
Another doctor and a medical student are thought to be from the Middle East.
In Baghdad, Nadhim Abdul-Hameed Qassim praised the work of Iraqi doctors and said that doubted that they would ever be involved in such acts.
“Iraqi physicians have a good reputation thanks to their morals and the humanitarian and medical services they have been providing, which are well-recognised both inside and outside Iraq, as well as the good reputation they have enjoyed for 50 years,” he said.
“I don’t think that an Iraqi physician with such qualities, values and morals would carry out acts detrimental to humanity.”
Two car bombs failed to explode in central London on Friday and two men drove a Jeep Cherokee loaded with gas cylinders into the entrance of Glasgow International Airport on Saturday.
The unidentified driver of the Jeep, which burst into flames, is being treated for serious burns at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital in Glasgow.
Authorities identified Bilal Abdulla, an Iraqi doctor who worked at the Glasgow hospital, as the other man arrested at the airport and said he was being held at a high-security police station in Glasgow.
According to the British General Medical Council’s register, a man named Bilal Talal Abdul Samad Abdulla was registered in 2004 and trained in Baghdad .
Staff at Royal Alexandra Hospital said one suspect was a doctor of Middle Eastern or Iraqi origin who worked there.

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