Iraq PM says insurgents who kill denied amnesty under reconciliation plan

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] on Wednesday clarified vague portions of his national reconciliation proposal [text and press release], saying that no insurgent responsible for the death of Iraqis or coalition forces would be entitled to amnesty. In an interview with several US newspapers, al-Maliki said

The fighter who did not kill anyone will be included in the amnesty, but the fighter who killed someone will not be. This is an international commitment, an ethical committment: Whoever kills is not included in amnesty.
Al-Maliki's plan, announced [JURIST report] Sunday, prompted immediate denuciations by several US senators [JURIST report] who feared that it would apply to insurgents who killed US personnel.

On Monday Iraq's Council of Ministers elaborated on al-Maliki's plan [JURIST report] by saying the government would make every effort to return detainees granted amnesty to their lives before their detention, including giving back government jobs and returning students to school, considering their jobs and education uninterrupted. The Washington Post has more. Reuters has additional coverage.

 

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