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Court sentences former Iraqi official to 3 years in prison

January 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm

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.