Monday, June 11, 2007

Iraq speaker ordered on leave after brawl

from Agence France-Presse

Iraq's parliament on Sunday sent its Sunni speaker Mahmud Mashhadani on indefinite leave after he allegedly ordered his bodyguards to beat up a fellow MP, a lawmaker said. Mashhadani, is known for his loud rhetoric in parliament ... Mashhadani is a religious fundamentalist of the Salafi school whose death sentence under Saddam Hussein's regime was commuted to a 15-year prison term in 2000 after he bribed the judge. A doctor by trade, the Baghdad native helped create the National Dialogue Front, one of the Sunni parties that belong to the 44-seat Sunni National Concord Front coalition.

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