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Iraqi Lawmakers Seek Legal Action Against Al-Jazeera


http://gdb.rferl.org/2ab66202-bd24-4604-8ebc-004c2118a639_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/2ab66202-bd24-4604-8ebc-004c2118a639_mw800_mh600.jpg Al-Sistani is Iraq's leading Shi'ite cleric (AFP) May 10, 2007 -- Iraqi lawmakers have voted to launch legal proceedings against the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television network over perceived insults against top Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali al-Sistani.


The nature of the legal action to be taken by parliament was not immediately clear.


The May 9 move came after protests in the cities of Al-Najaf and Al-Basrah on May 4 by Shi'a angered over an Al-Jazeera talk show in which al-Sistani's leadership credentials were questioned.


(AP)

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