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Iraq issues arrest warrant for Kurdish referendum leader

By AFP 3/6/2018
Rebwar Talabani, former head of provincial council in Kirkuk. Photo: Rudaw
Rebwar Talabani, former head of provincial council in Kirkuk. Photo: Rudaw

KIRKUK, Iraq - Iraqi judicial authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a Kurdish politician at the centre of last year's failed independence bid, a source from within the provincial administration said Sunday.


Rebwar Talabani, head of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, was one of the architects of the September referendum in which an overwhelming majority backed independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.

The plebiscite was branded illegal by Baghdad, which in the wake of the vote sent troops into the disputed city of Kirkuk and retook territory in the oil-rich region.

A source from within the provincial administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the arrest warrant was issued for Talabani “hoisting the Kurdish flag on official buildings of Kirkuk and organizing the referendum” in the disputed city.

Talabani is currently in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where he fled to last October as Iraqi troops arrived in Kirkuk.

There continue to be tensions between the majority Kurdish population, Arabs and Turkmens in Kirkuk province, north of Baghdad.

Authorities imposed a curfew last month after skirmishes broke out following the results of the May 12 national elections being announced.

Comments

 
Ali | 3/6/2018
PUK traitors are the reason for this. I pray they burn in hell for what they did to kirkuk.
FAUthman | 3/6/2018
This is not good, now Iraq going after Kurds referendum leaders. At this rate, the days of Iraq staying together are numbered. Keep an eye on US vs Iran silent war going on in Iraq and Syria.
turkish | 4/6/2018
abadis criminal government have turned into full iranian mercenaries adapting daesh genocide culture.
Kurdish | 4/6/2018
Iraqi regime has no right to arrest him. KRG must protect him even if it means war. If this man is arrested or handed over to the fascist regime of Iraq, it soils the Kurdish dignity and moral.
Hussain | 4/6/2018
Baghdad is full proxi of vilayat alfaqeeh of Khumaini, the main source on instability of middle east.

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