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Dozens of Iraqis pardoned at Sadr movement's behest


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Nov 19, 2010
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These are the guys who will be running Iraq in the near future.

Dozens of Iraqis pardoned at Sadr movement's behest


Reporting from Baghdad— In an illustration of its growing muscle in Iraq as U.S. influence wanes, anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr's movement has won pardons for at least 50 prisoners jailed for crimes including murder, kidnapping and attacks on U.S. troops.

The amnesties come at a time when U.S. forces remaining in Iraq have faced an increased number of attacks, many by Shiite Muslim militias associated with the Sadr movement. And they have angered some senior Iraqi officials, who charge that the law is being applied selectively and bent to fit a hidden political agenda.

Only a few Iraqi officials are aware of the pardons, granted by President Jalal Talabani at the request of the Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, who needs the backing of Sadr's movement to stay in power.

Among those freed are prisoners who were convicted under anti-terrorism laws, crimes for which the Iraqi Constitution specifically forbids granting a pardon. At least three prisoners were serving life sentences; some were arrested during U.S. military operations.

Sources who reviewed government records said that at least 50 people were freed this spring. Parliament Speaker Usama Nujaifi, a rival of Maliki, said his office received copies of an estimated 65 pardon decrees, all of them for prisoners charged with illegal weapons possession, kidnappings, killings or crimes with intent to kill.

"The credibility of the judiciary will be gone, especially when it comes to terrorist cases," Nujaifi said.

A source close to the president's office acknowledged that some of the convictions came under terrorism laws but described the original cases as politically motivated. The prisoners were cleared by a follow-up investigation ordered by Maliki and conducted by the judiciary, the source said. "It proved they were not implicated in terrorism or any crime," the source said.

A senior lawmaker with the Sadr movement said it had demanded the release of 3,000 prisoners, including some accused of killings and illegal weapons possession, but only a small number were freed after investigation.

"This was very limited compared to the numbers of Sadrists who are detained, and most of them with no evidence," said the lawmaker, Amir Kinani.

Kinani also defended the "legitimacy of the work" of Sadr followers who were jailed "for hitting [foreign] forces."

The releases show how political power has flowed to the Sadr movement, which emerged as a strong anti-American voice after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Iraq pardons: Sadr movement wins pardons for 50 - latimes.com

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