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Arrest warrant issued for Kurdistan VP ‘ridiculous' – Kurdish activist

Arrest warrant issued for Kurdistan VP ‘ridiculous' – Kurdish activist

The arrest warrant an Iraqi court has issued for Kurdistan Region’s Vice President Korsat Rasul is ridiculous, Kurdish political activist Hiwa Osman revealed Friday. 

In a press statement, Osman said that what is ironic is that the court turns a blind eye to the person, who sold third of the Iraqi territory to ISIS, referring to former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, and issue an arrest warrant for Rasul, who is known for his patriotism and defense of the Kurdish cause during the past few decades. 

On Thursday, an Iraqi court ordered the arrest of the vice-president of the Kurdistan Region for calling troops sent to Kirkuk this week "occupying forces".

A Supreme Judicial Council spokesman said the court believed Rasul's remarks were an incitement to violence.

He made them in a statement condemning the withdrawal of Peshmerga forces from Kirkuk and other disputed areas.

Baghdad launched an operation to retake them on Monday, three weeks after the Kurds held an independence referendum.

People living in areas under Kurdish control overwhelmingly backed secession but Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the vote illegal.

After the military operation concluded on Tuesday, Abadi said the referendum was a "thing of the past" and offered "dialogue under the constitution".

The Kurdistan Region said it welcomed the call for dialogue on Thursday.

Last Modified: Friday، 20 October 2017 02:08 PM
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