The general amnesty law faces political obstacles
The first 09/25/2023
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Baghdad: Shaima Rasheed and Muhannad Abdel Wahab
The Parliamentary Legal Committee explained that amending the proposed general amnesty law that came from the government consists of one vague article, which is the definition of belonging to terrorist organizations, and it was agreed to be amended between the political parties and blocs, while the Taqadum bloc indicated that political agendas prevent its approval.
A member of the Legal Committee, Muhammad Jassim Al-Khafaji, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: The amendment to the proposed general amnesty law was received from the government less than a month ago as a paragraph approved in the government curriculum, which is a single, vague article that includes the definition of belonging to terrorist organizations, noting that it will be added to The original article of the Amnesty Law, which was issued in 2016, because its current wording is ambiguous, ambiguous, and unclear. He pointed out that there are loopholes in the law that may be present but not proven in the original law, and this would raise controversy that a new amnesty law will be legislated, which is not true because the discussions and Parliament’s vision are very different, indicating that it is considered, from a formal standpoint, not enforceable, as the law The amnesty, when issued, includes crimes from 2016 onwards, and any punishment issued after the law is not included. Al-Khafaji pointed out that with this amendment, it is as if we are legislating a new general amnesty law that includes penalties from 2023 onwards, and this is considered a loophole, indicating that it will breathe life into the law that was issued in 2016 and will include all penalties from this year onwards. He added that we need to wait and study the amendment proposal because there is only one ambiguous article, which is the definition of belonging to terrorist organizations, stressing that the issue is purely political and with the agreement of the political blocs that voted on the government platform. Al-Khafaji stated that the Legal Committee did not specify when its first reading would take place, which may be during the upcoming sessions, calling for dealing with the law professionally, and if there are any gaps, they will be verified and can be returned to the government. For her part, member of the bloc, Asma Al-Ani, stated in an interview with Al-Sabah that the general amnesty law is very important and includes large numbers of innocent prisoners from all governorates, especially those that have been exposed to terrorism, noting that it is still in the Legal Committee and is subject to extensive study and discussions. She indicated that the discussions focus on defining the meaning of terrorism and the terrorist so that no citizen is exposed to injustice again, stressing that there are thousands of innocent prisoners behind bars and we are waiting for the law to see the light soon. Al-Ani pointed out that there are political agendas that prevent the law from being implemented, calling for more efforts to be made to approve it and solve all problems related to it.
She pointed out that the first reading requires sessions and discussions to define the term terrorism and the terrorists who should receive their fair account.
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