June 11, 2018 / 6:30 PM / 6 months ago

Iraqi court orders arrest of ballot box storage site fire suspects

FILE PHOTO - Ballot boxes are seen after a fire at a storage site in Baghdad, housing the boxes from Iraq's May parliamentary election, Iraq June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of four people accused of setting fire to a storage site housing ballot boxes from a May parliamentary election, state television said on Monday.

Three of the suspects are policemen and one is an employee of the Independent High Elections Commission, state TV said. The storage site caught fire on Sunday.

Parliament had last week mandated a manual recount of the election after a number of political parties alleged fraud.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Additional reporting by Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Editing by Catherine Evans

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