A recent ruling by the Court of Cassation in Erbil convicting five men referred to the alleged role of certain diplomatic missions in the context of the case.
The Kurdistan Regional Government reiterates that the judiciary in the Kurdistan Region is independent from the government. The government cannot or would not interfere in its proceedings. At the same time, the government strongly values its robust partnerships with its allies in the diplomatic and international community, especially in the fight against ISIS.
We remain committed to freedom of expression and an independent media and to the rule of law.
Moreover, we remain steadfast in our ongoing fight against terrorism. The safety and protection of our citizens and of diplomatic and international missions in the Kurdistan Region is our top priority.