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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 […]

Iraq: “The Ungovernable Country”?

By John Lee. An article this week by The Economist describes Iraq as “the ungovernable country“. It says: “The economy, meanwhile, is unravelling. The government gets most of its money from oil sales, but the price of the stuff has collapsed. Parliament passed a budget of 107 trillion dinars ($100 billion) for 2016—and projects a […]

Kurdish Integrity Commission: 21 Cases Under Review

By Simon Kent. According to Judge Sedqi Salimkhan, the Integrity Commission of the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) is reviewing 21 corruption cases including an official from the Sulaimani Immigration Department who has been accused of spending funds intended for internally displaced people (refugees.) The anti-corruption initiative is part of a wave of reforms that Kurdish President […]

Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad on Unaoil Corruption Scandal

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Unaoil Corruption Scandal: International and Iraq update and follow-up The recent joint report by Australia’s Fairfax Media and the Huffington Post uncovering serious international corruption scandal allegedly masterminded by a Monaco based […]

Bribery Scandal: PM Calls for Investigation

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abaid has called for an investigation into allegations of bribery in the Iraqi oil industry. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, has also said that al-Abadi will personally chair a new committee to review all major contracts issued by government ministries. The moves follow reports from the […]