Dr. Ali al-Obaidi, who has been in charge of Iraq’s Baiji refinery since 2007, has reportedly resigned from his position, having successfully slashed the level of theft from the facility. He had initially been installed as part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi corruption crisis team.
According to Iraq Oil Report, the man credited with reducing theft from an estimated 70% of output to approximately 5% resigned on Saturday, following death threats and voluntary exile in Jordan, from which he ran the operation by telephone.
With the value of criminal activity at the plant estimated at between $1 billion and $2 billion annually, al-Obiadi had made some powerful enemies.
He has been replaced temporarily by Abdul Ghafour, acting director general of the North Refineries Company.
(Sources: Iraq Oil Report, Fox News)