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Cablegate: Prt Tikrit: Judicial Conference Supports Major

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OO RUEHBC RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #0970 0781413
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 191413Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0270
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS BAGHDAD 000970

SIPDIS

SBU
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM KCRM IZ
SUBJECT: PRT TIKRIT: JUDICIAL CONFERENCE SUPPORTS MAJOR
CRIMES COURT IN SALAH AD DIN

1. (U) This is a PRT Tikrit, Salah ad Din cable.

2. (SBU) On March 14 the PRT Rule of Law Team hosted the
province's first judicial conference since the fall of the
former regime. 25 of Salah ad Din's judges, prosecutors, and
high ranking police officials gathered in Tikrit for a
day-long discussion on judicial issues in the province. Both
SaD Governor Hamad Hamoud al Shakti and Deputy Governor
Abdullah Ajabarah spoke at the conference about their support
for improving the personal security for judges and for
establishment of a Major Crimes Court in the province.

3. (SBU) The discussions moderated by Acting Chief Judge
Sadoon al Azzawi and Chief Prosecutor Tariq Najim focused
primarily on security in the province and preparations for
the establishment of Salah ad Din's Major Crimes Court (MCC).
Highlighting the need to improve security province-wide, the
Acting Chief Judge discussed his experiences when he was
kidnapped in October 2006.

4. (SBU) The conference's participants, from townships
throughout the province, showed great interest in the MCC,
which will establish a venue for proceedings against
insurgents arrested by the Iraqi Police (IP) and Army (IA) in
Salah ad Din. Over the past year, one judge has been
assassinated and two have been kidnapped. The MCC, located
on an IA-secured compound in Tikrit (formerly U.S. Forward
Operating Base Danger), will co-locate detention facilities
and courtrooms as well as provide secure housing for judges.
When functional, the MCC will have visiting judges from other
provinces throughout Iraq investigate and try the
terrorism-related cases from Salah ad Din for 30 day periods,
similar to the MCC in Ninewa Province. The MCC is slated to
open in April 2007.

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Comment
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5. (SBU) The first gathering of its kind since 2002, this
PRT-initiated conference succeeded in bringing together the
judicial community and putting momentum behind the
establishment of Salah ad Din's Major Crimes Court. Though
much work still needs to be done on the MCC facility, it is
clear that the province's judicial community supports the
initiative and wants to see it succeed. END COMMENT.

6. (U) For additional reporting from PRT Tikrit, Salah ad
Din, please see our SIPRNET Reporting Blog:
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Tikrit.

KHALILZAD

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