Al-Halfi told Shafaq News Agency, "the Basra Health Directorate filed a lawsuit against me for defamation. Another lawsuit was filed by the nurses in the Directorate for assault."
"The bulk of the dispute with the Directorate is that there are no nurses in service. How could I assault them?" he said.
"I was informed that the magistrate will issue an order to appear," he added, "parties in the local government promised to settle the issue peacefully. However, it seems that their efforts failed. The documents have been on the magistrate's desk for six days and, yet, no order has been issued."