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Legal News
18 Nov 2007
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament Saturday ordered an investigation into the delay of a referendum on the future of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk [Global Security Backgrounder] after Kurdish leaders accused the Arab-dominated Iraqi central government [official website, in Arabic] of blocking the vote, which could result in the city joining … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile; BBC profile] asked Iraq's leadership to postpone a decision on future control of the city of Kirkuk [Global Security backgrounder] on Tuesday, citing concerns for the growth of a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. The Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], however, mandates … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A former Iraqi Minister of Electricity was named Saturday as one of a number of former and current officials charged with corruption by Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity [US State Dept. backgrounder; CPA press release] or ordered to appear before Iraqi judges for further investigation. Muhsin Shlash, cited but … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] announced Thursday that Iraq's parliament has approved his nominee for the country's controversial Interior Ministry, ending a three-week stalemate between Shiite and Sunni political blocs. Nominees for the defense and national security ministries were also approved, completing the formation of Maliki's new … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] New Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki [BBC profile] has announced he will focus on fighting corruption, which Iraqi and US officials say is rampant in the government. The problem is a long-standing one, but documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate that it has become pervasive, manifested in … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Iraq President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] formally designated hardline Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki [Wikipedia backgrounder] to form a new government Saturday, giving him 30 days to present his Cabinet to Parliament for approval. Shiites nominated al-Maliki on Friday after outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] gave up his … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Iraqi government placed Baghdad under a daytime vehicular curfew on Friday in an attempt to quell the sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites that has wracked the country since the bombing of the Askariya shrine [Telegraph report] on February 22. Similar to the three-day curfew [JURIST report] that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Recently released photographs and video showing the apparent abuse of prisoners by US personnel at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] show clear violations of international humanitarian law, a spokeswoman for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] said Thursday. The previously unpublished images [JURIST report], … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Islamic leaders in Britain have demanded a speedy prosecution of British soldiers shown beating young Iraqi detainees [JURIST report] and defiling an Iraqi corpse in video images [NW recorded video] that were published [NW report] in the tabloid News of the World Sunday. The leaders expressed concerns that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2006
by Andrew Wood

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] will wait for international monitors to finish their investigation of fraud complaints before it releases the results of the December 15 Iraqi parliamentary election [JURIST news archive]. The International Mission for Iraqi Elections [official website] which began its investigation [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry said late Sunday that 13 prisoners in an overcrowded facility run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry were abuse victims who required medical treatment. The detainees have been transferred to a hospital and are under guard. The Ministry also said that an investigating judge has … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] "Witness A," the first woman to testify in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], gave her testimony Tuesday behind a curtain and with her voice distorted by computer to protect her identity, despite some technical problems which caused a short delay. Witness A continued to describe how she … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Iraq Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS profile] on Thursday fired Nouri al-Nouri, the country's senior inspector handling human rights issues, in connection with a torture scandal involving dozens of prisoners at a Baghdad prison, according to an Iraqi official. Al-Nouri, the ministry's lead inspector for corruption and human rights … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The Iraqi government has said that it has been unable to complete an investigation into allegations that prisoners at an interior department facility were tortured because mistakes made by US soldiers who discovered the site tainted some of the evidence. Sources in the US investigation said that the Iraqi … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2005
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Observers of the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] warned Tuesday that mounting political pressure threatens the independence and fairness of the Iraqi High Criminal Court [official website] trying the ousted Iraqi leader. A Human Rights Watch [official website] spokesman noted that although Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2005
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Iraqi Prime Minister's office Thursday announced the launch of a nationwide investigation into allegations of widespread abuse [JURIST report] occurring at Iraqi-run prisons. 166 Sunni Arabs and 3 Shiite Arabs were found by Americans Sunday night at a secret police prison in Baghdad, and a journalist for Voice … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS News profile] said Thursday that reports of abuse [JURIST report] of detainees by Iraqi security forces were exaggerated. Jabr said that only five people discovered at a prison in an Interior Ministry building were malnourished, and that many of those detained were suspected … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The Iraqi Islamic Party [official website; GlobalSecurity profile], one of Iraq's largest Sunni parties, on Wednesday demanded an international investigation into allegations that security forces illegally detained and tortured suspected insurgents [JURIST report] at secret jails in Baghdad. Omar Heikal said that the majority Shiites were trying to suppress … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2005
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Iraq’s government announced plans on Tuesday to investigate allegations that Iraqi security forces abused more than 170 prisoners held in central Baghdad, who were found malnourished and showing evidence of torture. Prompted by the repeated pleadings of a missing teenager's parents, US troops discovered the detainees [AP report], most … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [Wikipedia profile] has claimed that agents supporting Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] murdered two defense lawyers involved in the trial [JURIST news archive] of the former Iraqi president and eight co-defendants in a bid to derail the proceeding. Adel Muhammad Abbas, … [read more]

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