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Authorities Deny Release of Iraqi Airways Chief

The Commission of Integrity has denied reports on the release of Iraqi Airways chairman following his arrest “red-handed” taking a bribe. A commission statement on August 15 said that reports by some media outlets that claimed the release of Samer Kabba, the Iraqi Airways chairman, were untrue. The statement said the investigating judge referred the […]

Basra Governor “quits” after Corruption Investigation

By John Lee. The governor Basra has reportedly stepped down and gone to Iran following an investigation by the Integrity Commission into allegations of corruption against him. The Integrity Commission has asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Majid al-Nasrawi. According to a report from Reuters, a Basra-based politician close to Nasrawi […]

Former Dyncorp employee Pleads Guilty in Iraq Scam

By John Lee. The Washington Post reports that a former DynCorp International employee has admitted to helped cheat the US State Department out of millions of dollars in Iraq. Jose Rivera, aged 57, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, acknowledging that he helped convince his employers to rent a camp at Baghdad International Airport at […]

Parliament to Quiz Minister over Alleged Corruption

By John Lee. Iraq’s parliament will reportedly question acting Trade Minister Salman al-Jumaili over allegations of corruption. Member of Parliament Alia Nassif told Reuters that the Minister will be questioned on 3rd August over import deals for contaminated rice and licences for new mills. amongst other issues. In 2015 authorities issued an arrest warrant for […]

Iraqi wins Press Freedom Award

By John Lee. Iraq’s Asaad Zalzali has been awared this year’s Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press in the Audiovisual news reporting category. Born in 1984, he it the general manager of Maraya Media news agency. His seven-minute news report entitled “Project No1” was aired on Deutsche Welle Arabic on 11 January 2017. […]

Major US Contractor Accused of Smuggling, Trafficking

By John Lee. US-based Sallyport Global is alleged to have turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking at its site in Iraq. An Associated Press investigation claims that the company, that was paid $686 million to secure Iraq’s Balad Air Base, also fired the investigators who uncovered the alleged […]

AWB ex-Chairman Fined over Iraq Food-for-Oil Scandal

By John Lee. A former chairman of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) has been fined $50,000 and banned from a managing a corporation for five years for failing to properly investigate $223 million in kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. But according to a report from ABC News, Trevor Flugge’s reputation for honesty […]

Corruption, Deceit Plague Private Education in Iraq

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  It’s said that some college degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Some graduates in Iraq are finding that to be true. Others can’t even get the paper. Dozens […]

Corruption Blamed for Imports of Bad Food and Medicine

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Probe blames corruption for imports of bad food, medicine in Iraq Iraq’s parliament is investigating allegations that corruption and fraud at border crossings involving “influential entities” have led to […]

The Truth behind Oil Theft in Basra

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On Jan. 15, Iraqi members of parliament, including Sadeq al-Mhanna from the ruling National Alliance, revealed that they are in possession of documents that prove the theft of 300,000 barrels […]

Iraq seeks Extradition of $800m Fraudster

By John Lee. Iraq’s Commission of Integrity has said that an Iraqi detained by Jordanian authorities is Ziad Tariq Abdullah Al-Qattan, the former deputy of the Secretary General of Iraqi Ministry of Defense, who has been convicted in absentia of embezzling about 1 trillion Iraqi dinars (IQD) ($800 million) from the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. […]