Iraq’s proposed amnesty law will be presented for voting next month30/06/2012 14:04
BAGHDAD, June 30 (AKnews) - Iraq’s proposed amnesty law will be presented for vote in the Council of Representatives next month after the government presents its observations about it, announced the council’s legal committee.
The law is one of the terms of the political agreement that allowed the formation of the Iraqi government, under which the Sadrists supported Maliki's nomination for a second term.
Committee member Mohsen al-Saadoun said: "We do not support the non-repetition of amnesty laws in the federal system, but the large number of prisoners and the unresolved issues by the judiciary lead to the enactment of this act."
The Iraqi Council of Representatives voted in September on the controversial amnesty law made initially by the Sadrist bloc to be referred to the legal committee to determine how the extent which its contents were constitutional.
The Iraqi government fears the law will include those accused of murder under article IV of the Anti-Terrorism Act, as happened in a previous amnesty law issued in 2008.
Article I of the new act state a general amnesty for all Iraqis (civilians and military personnel) who are inside and outside Iraq sentenced to death or life or temporary imprisonment.
By Raman Brosk