Iraq: 20 Lawmakers to Be Arrested as Parliament Term Ends

Basnews English

30/06/2018 – 22:05


ERBIL — At least 20 Iraqi lawmakers will be arrested after Sunday as their term at the Iraqi parliament has ended, and they are striped of their parliamentary immunity, another lawmaker said.

Following several failed attempts by some factions, the Iraqi parliament failed to extend its own term before it ended on Sunday.

Mohammed Sayhoud, a lawmaker from the State of Law Coalition, told reporters that at least 20 members of parliament had been issued arrest warrants over charges related to terrorism and corruption.

He said the government is now required to arrest the suspects as they are not protected by their parliamentary immunity any longer.

According to Sayhoud, the government is violating the law by acting reluctant in arresting suspects with influence under the pretext of protecting public interests and peace.

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