Court: $250K to continue Rumaila lawsuit

Former member of parliament must pay more than a quarter million dollars or groundbreaking lawsuit challenging constitutionality of first major foreign oil contract will be dismissed.
Iraqi, BP and CNPC officials at the Rumaila oil field Technical Service Contract signing in 2009. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court ordered Tuesday a more than quarter million dollar plaintiff's bill to cover three outside consultants to study the claim that the Rumaila contract awarded to BP and the Chinese National Petroleum Corp. violates Iraqi law and the constitution.

"The claimant Sheda al-Musawi must pay 300 million dinars as a payment for the international experts that will be hired to study the technical issues and to see if (the contract) is really negatively affecting the oil sector and the government," the court announced at the hearing.

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