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Unaoil takes Legal Action Against UK SFO

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil, which has been implicated in an international bribery scandal, has launched legal action against the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), alleging that it has unlawfully misused its powers. The SFO is currently conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in […]

Can Iraq curb Corruption among Customs Officials?

By Salam Zidane for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Hakem al-Zamili, has spoken out about the corruption prevailing over Iraq’s border crossings. In a press conference held Oct. 3, he stated that the state was not benefiting from […]

Who will Replace Sacked Iraqi Defense Minister?

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Three lists of candidates have been proposed to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi for the position of minister of defense, held by a Sunni, to replace sacked Minister Khaled al-Obeidi. […]

Zebari Fights Back Against Accusations

By John Lee. The Financial Times reports that Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari (pictured) is fighting back against accusations of financial mismanagement by digging out documents that he claims reveal the true extent of corruption in the public sector. “I’ve started my campaign — the counterattack”, he said. “I didn’t want to galvanise it. But […]

Interim Defense Minister Appointed

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appointed a new interim defense minister on Monday. General Othman Ghanm, the interim Chief of Army Staff, will take over from Khalid al-Obeidi, who lost a confidence vote in parliament last week. Ghanm’s position as interim Chief of Army Staff will be filled by Anwar Hama Amin, Lieutenant General/Aviator […]

Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi Removed

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s embattled Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi (pictured) a Sunni from Mosul, has been voted out of his position following a no confidence motion in parliament. The vote comes after mounting pressure on the Minister, following accusations that he was responsible for over billing scandals and favored defense contracts for friends and political allies. […]

UN to Help Iraq Tackle Rampant Corruption

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Iraq signed an agreement today in Baghdad to help strengthen the capacity of the Government to detect, investigate and prosecute high-profile and complex corruption cases. The Prime Minister’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Naoufel Al-Hasan, said: “Ending impunity is at the center of our reform […]

Speaker of Parliament Cleared of Corruption

By John Lee. The Speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Salim Al-Jabbouri [Saleem al-Jabouri] has reportedly been cleared of corruption allegations on Tuesday due to insufficient evidence. Last week, Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi claimed that al-Jabouri and at least five lawmakers and business people had tried to persuade him to secure specific contracts and to reinstate […]

Corruption Allegations: Abadi issues Travel Ban

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (pictured) has issued a temporary travel ban for some sitting lawmakers and politicians, according to Associated Press. The move follows allegations of corruption that emerged during the questioning in parliament of the country’s defense minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, who claimed that speaker Salim al-Jabouri and at least five […]

US files suit against DynCorp over Iraq Contract

By John Lee. The United States has filed a False Claims Act complaint against DynCorp International Inc. (DynCorp) alleging that it knowingly submitted inflated claims in connection with a State Department contract to train Iraqi police forces (CIVPOL contract). The United States filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  […]