Criminal Procedure and Human Rights

Posted on | November 8, 2009

With the aim of identifying potential areas for proposed reform, we have closely compared the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code No. 23 of 1971 with the provisions of the following legal instruments that carry the force of law within Iraq: the 2005 Iraqi Constitution, the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, […]

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Criminal Cassation

Posted on | November 8, 2009

See court structure diagram and criminal cassation pathways diagram.
Iraq is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states at Article 14(5) “Everyone convicted of a crime shall have the right to his conviction and sentence being reviewed by a higher tribunal according to law.” The mechanism by […]

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Amendments to Criminal Procedure Code No. 23 of 1971 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Posted on | September 21, 2009

Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code in the rest of Iraq are dealt with here.

The view of Kurdish lawyers, judges and legislators is that, save for laws relating to the exclusive federal powers as listed in Article 110 of the 2005 Constitution, and following Kurdish Decree No. 11 of 1992 (arabic), […]

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Muntadar al-Zaidi, ‘Shoe Thrower’, released

Posted on | September 15, 2009

Muntadar al-Zaidi the Iraqi journalist, jailed after hurling his shoes at former President George W. Bush, was released on Tuesday 15 September 2009. He was arrested on 14 December 2008 and initially sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. His sentence was reduced by the Cassation Court to 1 year and he served 9 months, his sentence […]

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Iraqi High Tribunal المحكمة الجنائية العراقية العليا

Posted on | September 13, 2009

The Iraqi High Tribunal, also (more accurately) translated as the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Court is the body established to try Iraqi nationals or residents accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or other serious crimes committed between 1968 and 2003.

The Tribunal’s predecessor was established pursuant to CPA Order 48, which delegated authority to the […]

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IHEC urges Parliament to accelerate legislation of elections law

Posted on | September 10, 2009

Al Sumaria reported on 10 September 2009 that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) called on political entities to support the preparation mechanism for the electoral process due early 2010. The Commission urged the Parliament to accelerate the legislation of elections law mainly after the Council of Ministers approved a draft law on Tuesday […]

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Status of Revolutionary Command Council resolutions, laws, decisions and decrees

Posted on | September 4, 2009

After the 1958 Revolution, Iraq had a series of interim or temporary constitutions.

The Revolutionary Command Council as a legislative power came into being in 1963, pursuant to Law No. 25 of 1963 which was replaced by Law No. 61 of 1964, amended by Law No. 173 of 1964 and then repealed by Law No. […]

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Bank robbers receive death sentences

Posted on | September 3, 2009

rafidanOn 2 September 2009, at the Rusafa Felony Court in Baghdad, four men, all Iraqi security force members, were convicted and sentenced to death for the robbery and brutal murder of eight bank guards at the the Zuwiya […]

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Deputy Transport Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Corruption: UPDATE

Posted on | September 3, 2009

The Voice of Iraq reported on 3 September 2009 that:
“The Commission of Integrity (CoI) has arrested a top official from the Ministry of Transportation in the course of taking a bribe”, said officials close to the case. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to give more details about the […]

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Shoe Thrower to get early release

Posted on | August 29, 2009

The Huffington Post reported on Saturday 29 August 2009 that the lawyer representing Muntadar al-Zaidi has stated that the Iraqi journalist, jailed after hurling his shoes at former President George W. Bush, will be released next month after his sentence was reduced for good behavior.

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