Rumaila deal clears legal hurdle

Lawsuit claiming contract with BP and CNPC unconstitutional dismissed by Iraq's highest court.
Iraqi, BP and CNPC officials at the Rumaila oil field Technical Service Contract signing in 2009. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The legal uncertainty that cast a shadow over the biggest of Iraq's new oil contracts has been lifted by the country's top court, which on Monday dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the deal.

In April, the court had imposed fees of 300 million Iraqi Dinars (about $257,000) on the plaintiff, Shetha Musawi, a former member of parliament. Unable to raise the money, having lost her lawyer, and having received death threats, Musawi did not appear at a hearing on Monday, her last chance to continue the case.

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