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Iraq’s top judge removed over ties to Saddam party

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi panel tasked with purging government ranks of former members of Saddam Hussein’s party said on Thursday that it has removed the country’s top judge from his post because of alleged ties to the now-dissolved Ba’ath party.

The removal of Chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud from the leadership of the Supreme Judicial Council and the Supreme Federal Court was not expected to spark a political outcry.

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The deputy chief of the country’s Justice and Accountability Committee, Bakhtiar Omar al-Qadhi, said the decision was based on ‘‘strong evidence’’ from Parliament.

‘‘We received an official document from the Parliament showing that he was one of the former regime’s henchmen,’’ Qadhi said in a phone interview.

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