November 17, 2006 -- An Iraqi government spokesman has denied that the government has issued a warrant for the arrest of Harith al-Dhari, a prominent Sunni religious scholar.
State television on November 16 quoted the interior minister as saying al-Dhari was wanted for inciting sectarian violence, but the government spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, today said the report had been taken "out of context."
He did, however, confirm that "investigations" are under way into the activities of al-Dhari, who is believed to be in Jordan.
(compiled from agency reports)
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