US citizen facing Iraqi death penalty challenges impending transfer Joshua Pantesco at 7:25 AM ET
[JURIST] Lawyers have filed an emergency motion [PDF text; declaration, PDF] in federal court to prevent the US military from surrendering translator and accused kidnapper Mohammad Munaf, a US citizen, to Iraqi officials to face the death penalty. Munaf was convicted and sentenced to death by an Iraqi judge after being arrested in Romania on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] for allegedly kidnapping and detaining three Romanian journalists for 55 days in Iraq. Lawyers for Munaf in the emergency request filed late Friday argued that the Iraqi trial violated Munaf's due process protections as a US citizen because he was not confronted with the evidence brought against him, and he was prevented from presenting his own exculpatory evidence.
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