An investigation has been launched by the Iraqi judiciary into leaked audios attributed to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in which he attacked Iraqi politicians.
During a meeting in which he termed Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a “murderer” and “thief,” Iraqi journalist Ali Fadel earlier published audios allegedly attributed to al-Maliki.
Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, was also allegedly accused by the former premier of plotting against Shias by embracing displaced Sunnis.
All legal measures will be taken regarding the leaked audios, the Supreme Judicial Council, which supervises the federal judiciary in Iraq, said.
In a statement carried by the state news agency, it was said, “The investigation into the leaks is being conducted in accordance with law.”
Al-Maliki, who heads the State of Law coalition, served as Iraq’s prime minister from 2006 to 2014.
The former premier denied the authenticity of the audios on Sunday.
Al-Sadr, on Monday, called on al-Maliki to step down from politics and surrender himself to the judiciary.
Since the country’s general elections last year, a political crisis ensued in Iraq over the failure to form a new government and elect a new president.