Iraqi lawmaker acquitted for Israel visit


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Iraqi lawmaker was acquitted of a crime for visiting Israel.

An Iraqi court ruled Monday that Mithal al-Alusi did not actually break Iraqi law when he visited Israel in September to attend a counterterrorism conference, Reuters reported.

Al-Alusi traveled to Israel on a German passport. He has visited Israel several times in recent years.

The Iraqi Parliament voted in September to strip him of his immunity from prosecution and charged him with visiting an enemy state, a law from the 1950s whose breach is punishable by death.

The court ruled that there is no law barring travel to Israel.

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