Iraqi court reverses decision to prosecute lawmaker who visited Israel

A senior judicial official says Iraq's highest court has abolished a parliamentary decree to lift the immunity of a secular Sunni Arab lawmaker who visited Israel. The case involves a parliament decision in September to lift the immunity of Mithal al-Alusi after he attended a counterterrorism conference in Israel. Critics say the trip was illegal and a humiliation for Iraqis who see Israel as a historic enemy. But a spokesman for the judicial panel overseeing Iraq's Supreme Federal Court says the court deemed parliament's decision "illegal and unconstitutional" Monday because Iraqi citizens have the right to travel to any country. Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar said Wednesday that the decision is final and irreversible and has called on lawmakers to respect it.