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October 25, 2017

Arrest order of Kurdistan VP passed: Iraq Court


Kurdistan

On October 19, Iraq's Supreme Justice Council ordered the arrest of Kurdistan Regional Government Vice President Kosrat Rasul on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces.

Rasul spoke against the increased military presence of Iraqi forces in northern parts of the Iraq leading to the court order. The Kurdish forces and Iraqi forces have been working together to expel Islamic State militants in the country, but are scared that Iraq will begin to crack down on any independence conception that the Kurds might have.

A spokesperson for the judiciary stated that Rasul's comments were viewed as a violation of Article 226 of the penal code.

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