The Major Crimes Task Force is Iraq's first professional investigative agency. It takes on the politically explosive cases no one else will touch — and what some members of the task force have learned has put their lives in jeopardy.Unfortunately, the Joint Investigative Force may be the only part of the Iraqi legal system that is even close to working. Abuses are still rife in the judicial system as is corruption and politicians use the judiciary to protect criminals. Read and hear more of this three part story at NPR.
A bag of evidence is so commonplace in America that the idea of gathering it, preserving it and building a case around it hardly gets a second thought.
But here in Iraq, the concept represents a revolution. During the years under Saddam Hussein's rule, evidence was beside the point.
"Before, the accused used to tell us what we wanted to hear because we beat them up or tortured them," ...
"Now, we collect evidence, bring the individuals in for interrogation and then send them to court. This is one of the great changes that has happened here in Iraq."
Until now, the rule of law was aspirational, something Iraqi leaders thought about in theory — something that they could be concerned about in the future. But now, with an investigative force conducting real investigations, the landscape has changed and a moment of truth may have arrived.
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