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Newspaper commentary and minor cases, Iraq

The Palestine Bulletin, 31 January 1932                                                              [IRAQ]

COFFEE SHOP HOURS DURING RAMADAN

INTERESTING QUESTION IN BAGHDAD.

   Baghdad, January 18. - The case of the proprietor of a coffee-shop who is contesting the legality of the Municipal Council's order instructing him to close his business during the fasting hours of the month of Ramadan came before the Court of First Instance on Saturday.

   The Court found that the submission in the case was not in order, on the ground that certain legal formalities had not been observed.  The claimant, the Court observed, should first have protested thought the usual channels against the closing order, and then submitted his claim for damages.  The Court therefore decided by a majority, to dismiss the claim.  It was reported that the petitioner would appeal against the decision, but "Sada  al-Ahd" states that he has now been given permission by the Municipal Council to re-open his coffee-shop.

   It is said that of 300 applicants who have asked for permission to keep open during the day, only 66 were granted the necessary permits.  Some of those who were refused permission to carry on their business argue that there is no provision in the Statute Book for the closing order, and that it is based solely in the rights claimed by the Municipal Council.

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