The commander of Iraq’s rapid response force has been arrested on suspicion of corruption.
According to a report from Reuters, Brigadier General Numan Dakhil was caught during a sting operation in which he was filmed taking a $50,000 bribe from a contractor.
Sabah al-Saedi, a member of the Integrity Committee, said that Brigadier General Numan Dakhil was caught taking the bribe near Baghdad International airport on Thursday but escaped anti-corruption watchdog investigators after his guards beat them. Dakhil was later arrested on Friday.
“Eight of the Integrity Commission investigators seized him while he was receiving a sum from the contractor. The incident has been recorded with legal evidence,” Saedi told Reuters.
Corruption has been a major problem for Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and the country is ranked as one of the world’s most corrupt nations in Transparency International‘s annual corruption perceptions index.