Iraq’s highest judicial authority on Sunday issued an arrest warrant for the military commander of the southern Dhi Qar province in connection with the death of protesters.   

In a statement, the Supreme Judicial Council said commander Jameel al-Shimmary was also barred from travelling.  

The council said the move was taken in connection with orders given by al-Shimmary that led to the death of protesters in the province.  

Al-Shimmary was appointed last week before being sacked over the death of 35 protesters by security forces in the province this week.  

On Sunday, angry protesters set fire to al-Shimmary’s house

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