Mr. al-Askari said al-Taie’s remains were handed over as part of an amnesty exchange agreement with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, under which the group will not face criminal prosecution or penalties if it disarms or turns over prisoners.
Al-Taie’s uncle, Entifadh Qanbar, expressed resigned dismay Monday that al-Taie’s killers might not be punished, but said he had not yet been notified by any government about the circumstances surrounding the killing.
“I have to see the details, but I don’t think a murder should stand without the law taking place,” Mr. Qanbar said Monday in a telephone interview from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “Everybody who commits murders should face court.”
He indicated that Iraqi authorities should take responsibility for prosecuting the killing.
“I don’t know if the United States could do anything without the Iraqis,” Mr. Qanbar said.
Associated Press writer Lara Jakes contributed to this report.