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No interference in legal issues involving ex-Kirkuk governor: PM Abdul Mahdi

2019-05-26

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SULAIMANI – The press office of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said on Sunday (May 26) that he did not intervene into any legal matters involving former Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim.

Reports surfaced in the media last week suggesting that former Kirkuk governor Najmadin Karim had been arrested in Beirut.

Karim denied that had occurred and told NRT Digital Media in a phone call that he had merely been summoned by the police, who told him that there had been confusion about a matter concerning someone with a similar name.

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that some media outlets and political figures had falsely claimed that Abdul Mahdi intervened to secure his release after a phone call with the Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani.

 “We are refuting the existence of any phone calls between the Iraqi Prime Minister and Barzani about the issue either directly or indirectly. We are emphasizing that the prime minister was not warned of the arrest of the former Kirkuk governor and only warned after the former Kirkuk governor was released the following day,” the statement said.

“He did not meddle in the issue at all and he received the news of his release from Iraqi Finance Minister Fuad Hussein on May 22 when they were on a flight to visit Kuwait and the Iraqi finance minister was one of the delegates.”

Since then, Abdul Mahdi has ordered an official investigation into the matter and warned the media to work to ensure accuracy and not spread rumors.

(NRT Digital Media)