BAGHDAD — Shi’ite politician and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is suspected to be behind the assassination of a female journalist who was found dead in her apartment last week.
Ruham Imad Sulaiman, known as Ruham Abid, was an Iraqi Sunni journalist famous for her critical articles on corruption and the fall of Mosul into the hands of Islamic State (IS) in 2014 when Maliki was still holding the PM position.
After her death on March 15, Abid’s father told reporters that an electricity short circuit caused fire in her apartment in Baghdad’s Azamiyah neighborhood, and costed Abid’s life and the child she was carrying.
However, al-Alam al-Jadid news website later claimed that a group of unidentified men assassinated Abid and then set the scene on fire to leave no evidence.
In a footage, apparently recorded by Abid days before the incident, she reveals that after a recent interview with Iraqi politician Muwafaq al-Rubaiei, several people from her family, friends and relatives have been arrested on false charges.