Iraqi MP Decries General Amnesty Bill

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iraqi lawmaker denounced a bill recently passed by the parliament that grants amnesty for thousands of prisoners, raising concern about the release of criminals that could jeopardize the security of the Arab nation.

In an interview with Tasnim, Mowaffak al-Rubaie voiced strong opposition to the general amnesty law, saying it is in contradiction to counter-terrorism efforts.

He argued that the release of criminals from prison will damage the morale of the security and armed forces, who have put much effort into capturing the wrongdoers.

The general amnesty law will undermine security, as a large number of well-trained forces, including former commanders, will join Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group or the Ba’ath Party after release.

On August 25, Iraq's parliament passed a controversial law that offers partial or full amnesty to nearly 36,000 prisoners who have been in prison across the country, many jailed on charges of terrorism.

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