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Court sentences former Iraqi official to 3 years in prison

A member of Iraqi security forces waves an Iraqi flag meters away from the Peshmerga site in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 14, 2017. Iraqi security forces continue to deploy troops at southern Kirkuk as tension between Hashd al-Shaabi fighters and Peshmerga increases. [Hassan Ghaedi/Anadolu Agency]
A member of the Iraqi security force waves an Iraqi flag meters away from the Peshmerga site in Kirkuk, Iraq on 14 October 2017 [Hassan Ghaedi/Anadolu Agency]

An Iraqi court sentenced the former governor of Nineveh Province to three years in prison on Thursday. Atheel Al-Nujaifi has also had all of his property confiscated for allegedly “communicating” and “collaborating” with Turkey, agencies have reported.

The court issued its ruling, said Anadolu, against the high-profile Sunni official, after a complaint filed by the Department of the Shia Waqf (Religious Endowment) in Iraq.

Al-Nujaifi, who is the brother of the current Iraqi Vice President Usama Al-Nujaifi, was sacked in 2015 by the Iraqi parliament after he was blamed, with others, for the fall of Mosul at the hands of Daesh. He was also issued with a travel ban.

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