UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – An Iraqi court ordered the arrest of four people accused of setting fire to a storage site containing ballot boxes from last month’s parliamentary election.
State media reported three of the suspects are policemen and one is an employee of the Independent High Elections Commission.
Their arrests were ordered on Monday, June 11 following Sunday’s fire.
The ballot boxes were reportedly saved but authorities say the fire has added to fears of violence.
Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr said the arsonists are trying to fuel a civil war and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said the fire was a “plot to harm the nation and its democracy.”
May’s election results gave 54 of the 328 parliamentary seats to a nationalist alliance with Sadr. Last week, however, the Iraqi parliament demanded a recount of 11 million votes due to allegations of fraud.
The Independent Electoral Commission has also been replaced by judges.