Today, Tuesday, the Iraqi judiciary announced the opening of an investigation into an audio leak attributed to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki which heightened tensions between him and Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr to complicate further the tense political situation. scene after early parliamentary elections.
Although al-Maliki denied that the recordings were his, pointing out that they were “fabricated”, they created tensions that made it difficult to form the country’s new government.
The Al-Maliki party, which is one of the most prominent politicians in Iraq, said in a statement yesterday: “We will not be drawn into a blind fight between the sons of one nation.”
Meanwhile, the Superior Judicial Council said in a statement that the Investigative Court “has received a request submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office to initiate legal action regarding the leaked audio attributed to Mr. Nouri al-Maliki, and a fundamental investigation is currently underway in this matter in accordance with the law.
An Iraqi journalist has posted on his Twitter account five leaked recordings in which the speaker, identified as al-Maliki, attacks Shia forces, in particular the Sadr movement and its leader Muqtada al-Sadr, with whom he has had a strained relationship for years.
The voice in the tape speaks of the possibility of internal conflicts between Shia forces, describing Al-Sadr as “thirsty for blood” and “money”. The PMF also attacks al-Maliki’s allies as part of the coordination, saying “it’s in Iran’s hands.”
The leader of the Sadrist movement responded to the leaks by calling on al-Maliki to “declare isolation and renounce all political activity”. He called “to extinguish the conflicts by a joint denunciation of the leaders of the blocs allied with him, on the one hand, and the elders of his clan, on the other”.
Speaking of al-Maliki, he added: “After these destructive ideas, he has no right to lead Iraq.”
The tension comes amid an ongoing dispute between the Sadrist movement and the coordination structure, of which al-Maliki is the most prominent member, since the announcement of snap legislative elections nine months ago. The two sides failed to agree on a formula to bring the country out of the political stalemate and form a government.
Last June, Al-Sadr decided to recall his 73 deputies from parliament in what was seen as a move to increase pressure on his political opponents. With the departure of deputies from the Sadrist bloc, the coordination structure obtained the most seats, but so far the structure has also been unable to agree on the name of its candidate for the post of Prime Minister. .
Hundreds of Sadrist supporters gathered Monday evening in towns in the south of the country to protest the registration, including in Nasiriya, Amar and Kut, according to AFP correspondents.
In Nasiriya, demonstrators held up photographs of Muqtada al-Sadr and his father, according to an AFP correspondent.
Dozens of people also gathered in Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, an area named after Muhammad al-Sadr, Muqtada’s father, but quickly dispersed, according to a security source.
Saleh Muhammad al-Iraqi, a close associate of al-Sadr, called for calm on Twitter, saying, “There is no need for protests over the leaks.”