Iraqi court orders arrest of ballot box storage site fire suspects

Iraqi court orders arrest of ballot box storage site fire suspects
Ballot boxes are seen after a fire at a storage site in Baghdad, housing the boxes from Iraq's May parliamentary election. (Reuters)
Updated 12 June 2018
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Iraqi court orders arrest of ballot box storage site fire suspects

Iraqi court orders arrest of ballot box storage site fire suspects

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of four people accused of setting fire to a storage site housing ballot boxes from a May parliamentary election, state television said on Monday.
Three of the suspects are policemen and one is an employee of the Independent High Elections Commission, state TV said. The storage site caught fire on Sunday.

Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court is the only entity that has the right to decide if a parliamentary election needs to be re-run, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s spokesman told Reuters on Monday.
“This is a matter for the Federal Court and not for the executive branch or any other entity,” said Saad Al-Hadithi when asked if the prime minister had a comment on the speaker of parliament’s call for another election.
Parliament had mandated a manual recount of the election after a number of political parties alleged fraud. A storage site holding half of the ballot boxes from the capital caught fire on Sunday.