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Kurdistan

Iraqi parliament to strip Kurdish MPs of immunity, putting them on trial

By Rudaw 3/10/2017
AFP file photo of Iraqi parliament in session.
AFP file photo of Iraqi parliament in session.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Iraqi parliament has asked the Federal Court in a letter to take legal measures against Kurdish MPs who voted for independence from Iraq in last week’s referendum.

The issue was raised by Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the parliament, together with the Shiite National Alliance, the largest faction in the parliament.

The letter calls for stripping those Kurdish MPs involved in vote of immunity and going as far as putting them on trial.

According to the letter, their membership in the parliament will be suspended, too.

Jabouri said in a press conference that the parliament's decisions against those involved in vote was not a ‘collective punishment.”

He said the parliament would commit to the Federal Court’s rulings against the Kurdish MPs.

Rudaw’s Akam Hashim, citing Shiite MPs, the Kurdish parliamentarian were denied entry into the parliament by them on Tuesday on the same ground.


Hashim added that barring the Kurdish MPs came when the State of Law faction collected and presented a number of signature to the speaker of parliament to prevent the Kurdish MPs from entering the parliament hall.

Rudaw’s reporter from the scene said that the Kurdish MPs were also told to return to Kurdistan.

A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) MP said the parliamentarians had returned to Baghdad to advocate for the rights of the Kurdish people.

And Masoud Haideri, an MP from the Change Movement or Gorran denied they were barred from entering the parliament hall, saying “no one could stop us from entering the parliament as we constitute one of the main components in Iraq: the Kurdish nation.”

MPs from all Kurdish parties, excluding the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), returned to Baghdad to attend the new parliamentary sessions.

At least 175 MPs have attended today’s session.

The Iraqi parliament recently issued a set of punitive measures against the Kurdistan Region in response to the referendum, including a flight ban.


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duroi | 3/10/2017
Iraq is a house broken and the Kurdish declaration of independence is the last nail on its coffin. Dot the i's and cross the t's and wait for the first snow to fall ....
Aram | 3/10/2017
This is a weak regime with a corrupted army but still able to threat and apply intimidation policy, This thug they are hardly able to come out of the green Zone but they have gut to have a mouth full of RXXXsh. I will say welcome back Sadam. OR maybe the mini Sadam woke up inside those men. I will say to the Kurds go home there is nothing you can pick up from those losers.
Guest | 3/10/2017
Until Iraq and Kurdistan agree on a peaceful separation, Kurdistan should and needs to have continued representation in the Iraqi parliament. The world community is going to see these actions by the Iraqi parliament as a power grab. The ruling Shiite party in Iraq knows that at some point, some Shiite members, will start to opposed the oppression of Kurdistan, Kurdistan's representatives, and oppression of the Sunni Iraqi population as well as other representatives who aren't Shiite Muslims.
Gee | 3/10/2017
Those few Kurdish MP's who willingly want to return to Baghdad after 93% of the Kurdistani people voted yes yo indipendence are lowlifes. It should be the Iraqi parliament begging the Kurdish MP's to return to the parliment not Kurds "insisting" on going
Hala | 3/10/2017
Thousands of people in Kurdistan are loosing their jobs in the travel sector because of the likes of Jabouri and what do we do? host that bastards entire family in Kurdistan. Some say it's not our culture to kick guests out this and that. F anyone who says that. Any people that respects and pampers their enemies deserve everything bad done to them
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