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The latest corruption news from Iraq – company or government bribes, theft, stealing – brought to you by Iraq Business News

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.  […]

UK opens Criminal Investigation into Unaoil

By John Lee. The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Unaoil, the Monaco-based company that has been implicated in an international corruption scandal. A statement from the SFO called for information relating to the allegations: “The SFO is conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of […]

Video: Thousands defy Ban to Protest Corruption

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thousands of Iraqis have defied a protest ban and rallied in the heart of the capital, Baghdad, to demand an end to sectarianism and corruption. Al Jazeera‘s Natasha Ghoneim reports.

Court Hears of ‘Outrageous’ Iraq Bribe

By John Lee. The father of a notorious ISIS terrorist is facing charges in Australia for allegedly conspiring to bribe officials at a company linked to the Iraqi government in the hope of winning lucrative building contracts. Mamdouh Elomar, aged 62, his brother Ibrahim Elomar (60) and businessman John Jousif (46) were charged following information […]

Trump accuses US Soldiers of Stealing Iraqi Funds

By John Lee. Donald Trump has accused US soldiers of stealing millions meant for the reconstruction of Iraq. Describing Iraq as “crooked as hell,” the presumptive Republican nominee said: “How about bringing baskets of money? Millions and millions of dollars and handing it out … I want to know. Who are the soldiers that had […]

Unaoil Claims it was Blackmailed

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil , which has been accused of widespread bribery and corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, has issued a statement claiming that it has been the victim of an extortion attempt. The full statement from Unaoil follows: Unaoil can confirm it has been the victim of a four-month extortion attempt by […]

Audio: BBC Investigation into Iraq Oil Corruption

BBC’s File on 4 has produced a 38-minute programme on the recent allegations of corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, following the leaking of emails from Unaoil. The Monaco-based company denies that it helped companies win contracts by corrupting politicians and government officials.  Jane Deith has been given access to the leaked papers and reveals […]