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December 5, 2005 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

December 5, 2005


Midhat al-Mahmud, head of the Higher Judicial Council in Iraq, came under an assassination attempt when a booby-trapped car exploded in front of his house in Al-Khadra neighbourhood in western Baghdad on Sunday [December 4].

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said in a statement that the car bombing had led to the wounding of two women, who were carried to hospital. The statement stressed that none of Al-Mahmud's family members were wounded, adding that several residential buildings near the site of the explosion sustained some damage.

Iraqi authorities are scheduled to take over responsibility of the three major prisons in Iraq; namely, Baghdad International Airport, Abu Ghurayb, and the Bucca detention camp in Basra by the end of next month.

Minister of Justice Abd-al-Husayn Shandal said that an agreement was concluded few days ago with senior officials of the multinational forces so as to take over responsibility for these prisons. Shandal stressed that his ministry has set a full-fledged plan for this purpose, including the appointment of judges to study the detainees' cases and mechanism of running the detention camps and ensuring sufficient protection.

The minister, however, did not address the issue of his ministry's supervision of prisons run by the Ministries of Interior and National Security, which are located in various areas across Iraq. Such prisons show that the Iraqi detainees are subjected to different forms of torture.

It is noteworthy that Al-Jadiriyah secret prison was the latest of these prisons that has been discovered in this regard.

Shandal also noted that a large number of detainees will be released from Abu Ghurayb Prison in the coming days after their paperwork is completed.


On December 5, Dubai-based Al Arabiya Television carries the following "urgent" screen caption: "Iraqi police: A French national kidnapped in Baghdad." - TV - Middle East, Middle East



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