ERBIL — A former Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament said that Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi former PM who leads the State of Law faction has paid a number of Kurdish channels in order to stand against the forthcoming referendum on Kurdistan Region independence.
Sirwan Ahmed, a former Iraqi MP from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) told BasNews “Maliki has spent a great deal of money, and some media channels in Kurdistan have received part of it, in order to lead an anti-referendum campaign.” He noted that Maliki will keep paying the channels until his assumes his aim is achieved.
The Kurdish official believes Maliki may increase the amount of the money he is spending against Kurdistan Region and use more people and channels. He noted that Maliki is seeking to incite tensions among the people of Kurdistan Region to divide them.
He added that Maliki is openly plotting against Kurdistan Region and has personally threatened the region if it holds a vote on independence.
BasNews has obtained a document which shows that Maliki has given $87 million to Chavy Land Company which is part of Nalia companies owned by Shaswar Abdul Wahid, the owner and founder of Nalia Media Corporation.