Iraq Approves Amnesty Law


Iraqi parliament passes long-awaited amnesty law….reports Asian Lite News

3aa878fab4f6a11274d50d11eaf2aa13Iraq’s parliament has passed an amnesty draft law after long debate among the political blocs since the beginning of the current term in 2014,. The parliament voted with a majority of 234 lawmakers present in the 328-member parliament, Xinhua news agency reported.

The long debate reflected the concerns of competing political parties in the Iraqi parliament, as some believe the draft law would lead to the release of terrorists or criminals, while others said that many prisoners, who were convicted over crimes and terror, were only confessed under torture, or were originally detained over false information by secret agents.

In the new law, the political blocs agreed on forming a judiciary panel to decide whether the convicts deserve a retrial for those prisoners who think they were jailed due to torture or false information

The Sunnis wanted the amnesty law as they accuse the Shia-led government of marginalising them and claim that its Shia dominated security forces are indiscriminately arresting and torturing them as part of the sectarian strife that engulfed the country following the US-led invasion in 2003.

The amnesty law was one of the main points of the political agreement brokered by the parliamentary political blocs in 2014, which led to the formation of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government.