Court signals skepticism in Baghdad-KRG oil case

Issuing yet another delay in the seven-year-old proceedings, Iraq's chief justice appeared to question whether there is still an active constitutional dispute.
Court signals skepticism in Baghdad-KRG oil case
Iraq's Federal Supreme Court at the Aug. 14, 2018, hearing of a lawsuit by the federal Oil Ministry against Kurdistan's oil sector. (Source: Federal Supreme Court media office)

Iraq's Federal Supreme Court has again delayed making a ruling in a much-anticipated case challenging the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independent oil policy.

In a session Wednesday, Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud posed a series of questions to lawyers on both sides, which appeared to suggest he might be skeptical of the extent to which there are constitutional questions that need adjudicating, given that the key disagreements driving the case are currently being addressed in the political arena.

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