Draft Amnesty Law Passed for Detainees

By Simon Kent.

In a potentially huge political development, Iraq's Council of Representatives (Parliament) have passed draft amnesty law that would see as many as 5000 Shia Sadrist protesters released from prison and potentially thousands more Sunnis who have been detained over the years, allegedly on spurious information, in many cases.

For example, at the end of the last decade hundreds of Sunnis were rounded up by security forces in Baghdad following bomb attacks, and human rights campaigners say many are innocent.

According to Business Standard, 234 out of 228 MPs voted for the law, which, if implemented, could have very significant implications for political settlement after the so called "Islamic State" are defeated.

(Source: Business Standard.)

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