Judicial Council reverses decision on head of Erbil appeals court


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SULAIMANI — A decision from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Judicial Council to end Judge Ibrahim Ismail’s term as the head of the Erbil Court of Appeals has been revoked.

According to information obtained by NRT, the decision was reversed due to threats against the newly appointed head of the appeals court, Omed Mohsin, and as a result of pressure over the council.

The KRG Judicial Council on May 15 issued the decision to terminate Judge Ibrahim Ismail’s term and appoint Judge Mohsin, who was previously the Judicial Council’s spokesman.

Ismail refused to leave his position and stated the council’s decision was illegal.

A source informed NRT on Sunday that he believed the issue was related to internal conflict in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

The Kurdistan Region’s President, Nechirvan Barzani, had authorized the appointment of Omed Mohsin to replace Ismail, who is said to be close to the Prime Minister of the KRG, Masrour Barzani.

(NRT Digital Media)