Policy - Misinformation

Did Iraq criminalized praising Saddam Hussain?

  Saturday 02nd February 2019

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Social media accounts and news websites shared news saying Iraq issued a law criminalizing who praise ex-Iraqi president Saddam Hussain.

The accounts and websites said the law defined 5 to 15 years in prison for who praise Saddam Hussain.

Verify-Sy searched for the source of this claim and it turns out that the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq denied such claims.

The Council issued a statement saying “the Supreme Council denies the claims on social media about criminalizing Saddam Hussain” the statement continues “issuing such a law to criminalize such an act is only by the Parliament because it is the only institution allowed to issue such laws by the Constitution”

The Council added “there are no such law now with this definition which is being shared on social media”.