Iraqi Expert Questions General Amnesty Bill

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iraqi political expert raised serious doubts about a bill recently passed by the parliament that grants amnesty to thousands of prisoners, saying the law will indiscriminately release inmates, including convicted criminals involved in terrorist acts or drug smuggling.

Iraqi Expert Questions General Amnesty Bill

In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Ali Jaber al-Tamimi slammed the newly-passed law for leading to the release of prisoners without exception.

“This is the first time in Iraq’s history that such a law is passed, which applies to individuals even sentenced to death, terrorists, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers and those with money laundering charges,” the political and judicial expert deplored.

On August 25, Iraq's parliament passed a 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.

Following the controversial parliamentary decision, a senior Iraqi lawmaker told Tasnim that the general amnesty law will undermine security, as a large number of well-trained forces, including former commanders, will join the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group or the Ba’ath Party after release.

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