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Monday, November 24, 2008

Good News: Court returns all parliamentary privileges to Mithal al-Alusi

The Supreme Federal Court of Iraq has rescinded today any disciplinary actions that had been taken by the Iraqi parliament against fellow parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi for visiting Israel back in September.

The news was made public (Arabic link) by al-Alusi's 'celebrity' lawyer, Tareq Harb. It was also confirmed to me by a source close to al-Alusi, who is traveling within Iraq.

Harb made his case on the grounds that the new Iraqi constitution affords every Iraqi citizen the right to travel anywhere in the world.

Imagine that: a 'celebrity' lawyer winning a constitutional case that overrides a majority vote in parliament for the 'crime' of consorting with an 'enemy' entity.

This scenario is unimaginable in Turkey, let alone any other less enlightened country in the Middle East.

I'm sure al-Alusi's enemies both inside and outside parliament are not simply going to let this go, but for today at least, we can all celebrate a major triumph for the rule of law in Iraq.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: what do you think will happen when Section One article 2: A. (No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.) comes into conflict with the other sections of the Constitution? Will the supreme court really be able to strike down Islamic law, or will it take precedence?

And why did they add such an item anyway?

9:57 PM, November 30, 2008

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