BAGHDAD - A local criminal court in Iraq's Diyala province issued an arrest warrant for a Sunni member of Parliament on suspicion of financing and inciting sectarian violence, a security official in the northeastern province said Saturday.
The security official said the warrants for Tayseer al-Mashhadani and her husband, Hashim al-Hiyali, were issued on Thursday.
A man in police detention told his interrogators the couple gave him instructions and money to kill and expel Shiites from the religiously mixed province, the official said.
The official said al-Mashhadani cannot be immediately arrested because she enjoys parliamentary immunity. The judge, Thamir al-Ambaki, who issued the warrants on Thursday, has requested that Parliament lift her immunity to facilitate her arrest on suspicion of "ordering and funding terrorist operations," the security official added.
Al-Mashhadani and her husband are both members of the Iraqi Islamic Party, which along with several other political parties forms the Accordance Front, the largest Sunni bloc in Parliament.
The bloc has 44 members in the 275-seat legislature.
Deaths last week
As of Saturday, 4,351 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq war. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
-Army Pfc. Daniel J. Rivera, 22, Rochester, N.Y.; vehicle accident Oct. 18; Mosul.
-Army Staff Sgt. Bradley Espinoza, 26, Mission, Texas; explosion Monday; Qwest.