Evening at Egan Canceled due to Assassination Attempt on Lecturer
The Oct. 12th installment of the UAS Evening at Egan lecture with Judge Zuhair Jumma Bash Al-Maliki, Legal Advisor of Finance and Rule of Law Issues in Iraq was canceled due to an assassination attempt on his life before he left Iraq.
The Oct. 12th installment of the UAS Evening at Egan lecture with Judge Zuhair Jumma Bash Al-Maliki, Legal Advisor of Finance and Rule of Law Issues in Iraq was canceled due to an assassination attempt on his life before he left Iraq. Judge Zuhair’s house was firebombed as he was preparing to leave Iraq for his four-city tour of the US. He and his family were not harmed in the attempt, but his home and most his possessions were destroyed.
Judge Zuhair wrote the following in an e-mail to lecture organizer Kevin Myers, “While these actions will not sway me from continuing my work on the Rule of Law, they have forced me to temporarily postpone my trip to the United States in the month of October. As soon as I am able to ensure the security of my family and process new travel documents, I will reschedule my visit. In the meantime, I wish you the very best and apologize for this terrible inconvenience."
Judge Zuhair is considered a cornerstone of the post-Saddam Iraqi legal system. He served as an Investigative Judge with the Central Criminal Courts of Iraq beginning shortly after the invasion and was elevated to Chief Judge by Paul Bremer in 2004. He was born and raised in Baghdad and attended Baghdad University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. From 1988 until 1999 Judge Zuhair worked successively as a translator for the United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observation Group, a Foreign Relations Administrator for the Arab Union Scientific Research Council, and as an Administrator for the Arab Federation Food Industry. After careers in both government and private industry, Judge Zuhair returned to Baghdad University to attend law school.