Iraqi court adjourns trial of Sunni MP

An Iraqi criminal court adjourned the trial of Sunni MP Alwani to March 9.

Iraqi court adjourns trial of Sunni MP

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Iraqi criminal court on Monday adjourned the trial of Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Alwani to March 9, according to a statement issued by Iraq's Federal Judiciary Authority.

Al-Alwani, the statement read, is charged with killing and injuring policemen and damaging military equipment with "terrorist intent."

He said Monday's court session was attended by numerous relatives of those allegedly killed by al-Alwani and media personnel.

After hearing testimony, the statement added, judges decided to adjourn trial proceedings to March in order to hear more witness accounts.

A vocal critic of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, al-Alwani was arrested on December 28 following violent clashes in Ramadi in which his brother – along with five bodyguards – was killed.

The Sunni lawmaker had also been a staunch supporter of a recent sit-in staged in Anbar to protest the perceive failure of al-Maliki's government to meet the needs of residents of the predominantly Sunni province.

In late December, the sit-in was forcibly dispersed by the Iraqi army, triggering violent clashes with local tribesmen.

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