Rumaila legal challenge set for April 27

Court gives government and MP time to prepare response in case that could nullify BP and CNPC's contract to develop the Rumaila oil field.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court postponed to April 27 a hearing of a lawsuit by a member of Iraq's outgoing Parliament challenging the legality of the first new oil contract awarded by Baghdad to a foreign oil company.

Sheda Musawi, who did not run for re-election in the March 7 national election, claims the contract for the Rumaila oil field, awarded to BP and the Chinese National Petroleum Corp. in a June 30 auction, is illegal.

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