Nineveh court issues arrest warrant for former governor after ferry capsize

Authorizing police to arrest him
Former Nineven Governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan

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SULAIMANI — A court in Nineveh governorate on Wednesday (March 27) issued an arrest warrant for former Nineveh Governor Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan, after a ferry capsize killed more than 100 people.

According to the warrant, al-Sultan is wanted on corruption and other charges stemming from the ongoing investigation into the sinking of a ferry in Mosul last week.

The court also banned al-Sultan from traveling.

“Judicial members and security forces are authorized to arrest the accused, Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan Yousif Albu Hammad, the former governor of Nineveh, who currently lives in Erbil, in accordance with Article 340 [of the Iraqi Penal Code],” a memorandum of arrest and investigation said.

The Iraqi Council of Representatives voted on Sunday to sack Sultan and his two deputies after Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi requested that they be dismissed.

Iraqi law gives the federal parliament the right to sack provincial governors based on the suggestion of the prime minister.

The capsize of the ferry, which was carrying families to a recreational spot on an island in the Tigris River last Thursday, was the most deadly incident in the northern city since it was recaptured from Islamic State in a bloody and destructive conflict in 2017.

(NRT Digital Media)