Maliki Makes Concessions on De-Baathification

The law calls for "the submission of evidence and documents — available at the accountability and justice commission — on crimes committed by the Baath Party’s members and repressive security apparatus against citizens to the Iraqi judiciary through the public prosecutor’s office.”

The law calls for the firing all employees who were members of branch or senior leadership in the Baath Party as well as the party's security personnel.

The government ultimately decided to return 4,200 confiscated properties, as well as grant pension rights to 2,936 people who were subject to the sanctions of the Accountability and Justice Law.

At a press conference in Baghdad attended by Al-Monitor, Falah Shanshal, chairman of the accountability and justice commission and a Shiite leader within Muqtada al-Sadr's movement, discussed 962 former officers and soldiers from the Mosul province. A number of former Iraqi army officers and prominent leaders of the Baath Party had complained about unemployment and the law that confiscated their property. Shanshal spoke about decisions he had implemented after receiving directives from Shahristani, who previously told Al-Monitor that “a new decision was issued to return confiscated properties to those included in the Accountability and Justice Law and their relatives.”

Sunni demonstrators in Ramadi, Mosul and Tikrit demanded the annulment of the Accountability and Justice Law. They claim it it targets them more than others.

It is unlikely that Shiite forces will agree to this demand, but pressure exerted by the religious authorities in Najaf pushed them to amend the law.

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