[Marxism] Sistani poll official in 'US custody'
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Sun Dec 5 20:24:30 MST 2004
Sistani poll official in 'US custody'
Monday 06 December 2004, 0:02 Makka Time, 21:02 GMT
The man in charge of drawing up an electoral list backed by Grand Ayat
Allah Ali al-Sistani, the influential Iraqi Shia Muslim leader, has been
arrested by the US military, an aide said.
"American forces on Saturday arrested Muhammad Hashim al-Yahya,
coordinator of the six-person committee set up by the Marjaiya (Iraq's
highest Shiite authority) to supervise the drawing up of an electoral
list with the backing of the ayatollah," a Sistani representative in the
holy city of Najaf said.
"If he is not released, there will be serious consequences," the source
said, giving no reason for Yahya's arrest in Baghdad.
The US military said it had heard reports of the arrest but was unable
to give any further information.
On Tuesday, Shia political leaders said that they were in the final
stages of drawing up
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