Supreme Commission for Accountability and Justice Law

Posted on | February 10, 2010

We have translated the Law No. 10 of 2008, taken from the original on the Council of Representatives website.

The International Centre for Transitional Justice published a briefing paper on the 2008 Law on 22 January 2008.

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‘Most banned Iraqi poll candidates’ appeals rejected’

Posted on | February 9, 2010

The Washington Post on Tuesday 9 February 2010 carried the story that ‘an Iraqi legal body said on Tuesday’ that “almost all the candidates who contested their ban from Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary election did not submit their cases properly and lost the chance to appeal”.

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Vetting process to be completed by Friday 12 February 2010

Posted on | February 7, 2010

The New York Times reported on 7 February 2010 that an emergency session of Parliament called by Prime Minister Maliki to deal with the latest election crisis failed to muster a quorum on Sunday and was postponed. The seven-member Electoral Judicial Panel is reported to have begun reviewing the disqualifications case by case and […]

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IHEC delays the start of election campaign

Posted on | February 6, 2010

The BBC reported on 4 February 2010 that the Independent High Electoral Commission had delayed the start of the election campaign from Sunday 7 February 2010 until Friday 12 February 2010 to allow time for an emergency parliamentary debate, to be held on Sunday 7 February 2010, following the court ruling of 3 […]

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Judicial panel overturns election ban: Will review ‘democratic credentials’ of candidates after the election: Update

Posted on | February 3, 2010

The Higher Judicial Council website carries news that a Special Chamber comprised of members of the Court of Cassation in Decision 108 of 2010 has decided to delay its examination of the candidates barred from participating in the election by IHEC on the recommendation of the Accountability and Justice Commission. After the election […]

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Proposals for Reform of the Public Prosecution Service

Posted on | January 30, 2010

We have translated a paper by Judge Nassir Omran al-Mousawi setting out a history of the Public Prosecution service and making proposals for further reform to enable the service to achieve its potential and fill the roles allotted to it by current Iraqi legislation.
Judge Nassir notes that the Public Prosecution is not yet […]

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German Government fund UNDP assistance to Iraqi Judiciary

Posted on | January 30, 2010

The Higher Judicial Council issued a press release on 31 December 2009 announcing that it had signed an agreement with the UNDP and the German Government to provide support during the next two years to the newly opened Judicial Development Institute for the development of curricula for teaching civil law to enable judiciary […]

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Level of Fines for Criminal Offences

Posted on | January 30, 2010

Inflation has greatly devalued the Iraqi Dinar since the Criminal Laws Promulgated in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The Penal Code and other laws provides for fines to be levied by the courts at levels which are now too small to have any deterrent effect.

The Council of Representatives passed Law No. 6 of […]

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Aegis Trust

Posted on | January 30, 2010

The Aegis Trust campaigns against crimes against humanity and genocide. Aegis runs the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda (with Kigali City Council) and the Holocaust Memorial and Educational Centre in the UK. It provides research and advocacy support to the All Party Parliamentary Groups on the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity in […]

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Ali Hasan Al Majid executed

Posted on | January 25, 2010

The BBC reported on 25 January 2010 that Ali Hasan Al Majid (known as ‘Chemical Ali’) was hanged on 25 January 2010.

As previously noted, he received a 4th death sentence on 17 January 2010.

Rule 90 of the Rules of the Iraqi High Tribunal provide that judgments of the tribunal are implemented in accordance […]

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