U.S. Appellate Court Declines Jurisdiction over U.S. Citizen Facing Iraq Death

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Friday, June 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On April 6, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court decision denying jurisdiction over a U.S. citizen held by U.S. troops as part of the UN multinational force in Iraq. Mohammed Munaf, the U.S. citizen, faces the death penalty after an Iraqi court convicted him of kidnapping. In 2005, Munaf traveled to Iraq. In October 2006, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) convicted Munaf on charges he helped in the 2005 kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Baghdad and sentenced him to death. The Romanian government had alleged that Munaf assisted in the March 2005 kidnapping. According to Munaf’s attorneys, he was held with the three journalists for 55 days before they were released ... [more]