Iraq's Sunni vice president approves amnesty law
Iraq's Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, has approved an amnesty measure that was one of three key pieces of legislation parliament passed just before it adjourned, his office said Thursday.
The measure would provide limited amnesty to detainees in Iraqi custody, although the precise number of people it would affect is not known. To become law, it must be signed by the other two members of the three-member presidency council: President Jalal Talabani and Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite.
"The vice president has no objections to the amnesty law, which will serve a big segment of detainees and convicted persons," a statement from his office said.
The measure excludes those held in U.S. custody and those imprisoned for a variety of crimes under Iraqi law, including terrorism, kidnapping, rape, antiquities smuggling, adultery and homosexuality.
It also excludes senior figures of the former Baath regime.
1) Iraq's Sunni vice president approves amnesty law