Iraq to ask UN to end US immunity

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  1. carpro

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    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=newsOne&storyID=2006-07-10T164143Z_01_KAR040738_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ-RAPE.xml&pageNumber=0&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTModLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage3

    Iraq to ask UN to end US immunity
    Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:41pm ET

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    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, the human rights minister said on Monday, as the military named five soldiers charged in a rape-murder case that has outraged Iraqis.

    In an interview a week after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanded a review of foreign troops' immunity, Wigdan Michael said work on it was now under way and a request could be ready by next month to go to the U.N. Security Council, under whose mandate U.S.-led forces are in control of Iraq.

    "We're very serious about this," she said, blaming a lack of enforcement of U.S. military law in the past for encouraging soldiers to commit crimes against Iraqi civilians, such as the alleged rape and murder of a teenager and killing of her family.

    "We formed a committee last week to prepare reports and put it before the cabinet in three weeks. After that, Maliki will present it to the Security Council. We will ask them to lift the immunity," Michael said. "If we don't get that, then we'll ask for an effective role in the investigations that are going on.

    "The Iraqi government must have a role."

    Analysts say it is improbable the United States would ever make its troops answerable to Iraq's chaotic judicial system
     
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

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    I don't see it happening. I see this more as Iraq showing some independence...more symbolism than substance. If they push the issue, I think we would be hard pressed to keep our troops there.

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    I do. I also look for Saddam to be acquitted. Always have, and always will. This whole thing is a farce.
     

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