Iraks premiärminister Iyad Allawi tycks vara en hårding, om man får tro Paul McGeough, som är Sydney Morning Heralds man på plats i Bagdad.
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.Även om det inte är sant så kan det ju ligga en poäng i att ha ett sånt rykte omkring sig när man försöker rensa upp i Irak. Han kanske spridit det själv, rentav? Läs hela storyn.
They say the prisoners - handcuffed and blindfolded - were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah security centre, in the city's south-western suburbs.
They say Dr Allawi told onlookers the victims had each killed as many as 50 Iraqis and they "deserved worse than death".
The Prime Minister's office has denied the entirety of the witness accounts in a written statement to the Herald, saying Dr Allawi had never visited the centre and he did not carry a gun.
But the informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans from the Prime Minister's personal security team watched in stunned silence.
Ryktet är tydligen minst två veckor gammalt, och först publicerat av bloggen Healing Iraq:
Another widespread and preposterous rumour is that Ayad Allawi has been showing up at IP stations and executing criminals himself, and I have heard this one from a very large number of people.