The many lives of Article 136(b) Criminal Procedure Code, Law 23 of 1971

It was reported on 14 May 2009 on  the front page of Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had suspended in part the operation of Article 136(b) of the Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971 as part of his anti-corruption drive.

Article 136(b) has had a varied life.

All of Article […]

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Homosexuality and the Criminal Law in Iraq: UPDATED

Criminal Law in Iraq
Contrary to some international media reports, homosexuality per se is not illegal in Iraq and as far as we can tell never has been illegal. However there have been a number of reliable reports of extra judicial persecution, assault, and murder of gay men in Iraq.

The Penal Code 111 of […]

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Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971

The Criminal Procedure Code No. 23 of 1971 replaced the Baghdad Procedure Code of 1919. It was modelled on the Egyptian Criminal Procedure Code No. 150 of 1950, which itself was based upon the Napoleonic Codes adopted in Egypt in the late 19th Century.

It has been amended on a number of occasions. For example, […]

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