An Iraqi court on February 12 sentenced former trade minister Abdul Falah al-Sudani to 21 years in prison on corruption charges.
Sudani was involved in a corruption scandal connected to the country’s massive food rations programme.
He was given three sentences, two for “negligence” with a 14-year jail term and a third for “misconduct” with a seven-year term, according to Iraqi Shafaq News.
Sudani, who belongs to the ruling Dawa Party, served as minister of trade from 2006 to 2009.
He was sacked and slapped with criminal charges in 2009. Released on bail, Sudani was then arrested as he tried to flee the country, but he managed to flee again.
The former trade minister was extradited from Lebanon and taken into Iraqi custody on 25 January.
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has earlier vowed to fight corruption, saying it is the second war the country has to fight following its victory over IS.