Terrorism Trials: Civilian Court

The Daqduq Failure Nears Its Conclusion

By Robert Chesney
Friday, July 13, 2012, 12:34 PM

Will Ali Mussa Daqduq soon be a free man?  It's looking more and more likely.  According to an AP report, a five-judge appellate panel in Iraq has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss charges against Daqduq, and he has been moved from a jail to "house arrest" in the Green Zone.    The news report indicates that there may yet be a further appeal, so things may yet change. But I'm not holding my breath on this one.  To me, the interesting question goings foward are (i) whether the US government has actually requested Daqduq's extradition (note the news report containing a quote from an Iraqi official denying knowledge of any such request), (ii) if we have done so whether the Iraqis will comply (I'm not holding my breath on that either), and (iii) if we have not done so whether this is because of internal executive branch disputes over whether to pursue the civilian or military commission routes (and related questions of geography).