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Iraq: Further information on unfair trial/possible prisoner of conscience: Kamal Sayid Qadir (m)

, Index number: MDE 14/048/2005

Kamal Sayid Qadir, aged 48, Austrian national, writer, was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment for "defamation" on 19 December, after an unfair trial. The charges arose from two articles which he had published on the internet, in which he criticised the leadership of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two parties holding power in the Kurdish-dominated region of Kurdistan. He has appealed

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