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Newly appointed head of Erbil Appeal Court said to be threatened

PM:03:14:23/05/2022

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SULAIMANI — Newly appointed head of the Erbil Court of Appeal has been reportedly threatened and blocked from taking on his new role amid tensions between rival factions within the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

A source close to judge Omed Mohsin, the newly appointed head of the court, told NRT today (May 23) that security forces raided his home in Erbil last night, threatening him not to take on his new position.

KRG's Judicial Council issued the decision to end Judge Ibrahim Ismail's term as the head of the Erbil Court of Appeal on May 15 and appoint Judge Mohsin, who was previously the spokesman for the Judicial Council.

The Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani has authorized the appointment of Omed Mohsin to replace Ibrahim Ismail.

The source, who spoke to NRT on the condition of anonymity, added that the former head of the court is refusing to leave his position.

Ismail is said to be close to the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Premier Masrour Barzani.

NRT has learned that a security force, some in plain clothes, prevented the handover of the role supposed to be taking place yesterday.

NRT's reporter Hersh Qadir said that the controversy stems from conflicts between rivals Nechirvan Barzani and Masrour Barzani.

(NRT Digital Media)