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Senior Officials Referred to Court on Corruption Charges

By John Lee. Iraq’s Commission of Integrity has referrd four former senior officials to court on charges of corruption. Middle East Monitor reports the the Commission referred two former deputies of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the former director of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s military office, and Baghdad’s former mayor. Bahaa al-Araji, Saleh al-Mutlaq, Farouk […]

Iran, Iraq MoU on Financial Corruption

By John Lee. High-ranking officials from Iran and Iraq are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve cooperation in fighting financial corruption. The Head of the General Inspection Office of Iran, Nasser Seraj, hosted a visit from Hasan Al-Yasiri, the head of Iraq’s Commission of Integrity, at which various aspects of the anti-corruption […]

Contractor Jailed for Bribery

By John Lee. A former U.S. Department of Defense contracting official has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving U.S. government contracts in Iraq. James Edward Addas, 55, of Stafford, Virginia, previously pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and tax evasion. According to admissions made in the […]

Iraqi Trade Minister Dismissed

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has sacked the Minister for Trade, Mlas Mohammed Al-Kasanzan [Abdulkarim Malas al-Kasnazani] (pictured), for failing to show up for work. A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said al-Kasnazani was dismissed because of his “absence … from his duties as Minister of Commerce [i.e. Trade] for more than […]

Abadi Removes Grain Board Officials

By Simon Kent. Nine senior officials at Iraq’s Grain Board have been relieved of their jobs, although no details of the dismissals have been reported. The Grain Board has a critical responsibility for procuring grain imports, strategically vital for feeding a country with a growing population and an agricultural sector threatened by acute drought. The […]

Grain Board Boss Sacked in Corruption Probe

By John Lee. Iraq’s acting trade minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, has reportedly sacked the head of the powerful Grain Board of Iraq and six other officials over allegations of corruption. Reuters quotes ministry sources as saying that the move was part of a comprehensive operation intended to “cleanse the ministry of officials who have any hint […]

Former Minister Jailed for Corruption

By John Lee. A Baghdad court has sentenced former environment minister Sargon Lazar Slewa [Sargon Lazon Sliwah, Karkis Sleiwa] (pictured) to two years in prison on charges of corruption. A judicial spokesman told Reuters that Slewa, a Assyrian Christian who served in former premier Nuri al-Maliki’s government, was taken into custody following the ruling and fined […]

Iraqi Doctors Plagued by Threats, Extortion

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Doctors in Iraq are fleeing threats on their lives and extortion attempts, adding even more danger to a country battling the Islamic State (IS). In the news and on social media, pictures are surfacing […]

Trade Minister Wanted on Corruption Charges

By John Lee. An arrest warrant has been issued for the Iraqi Trade Minister, Malas Abdulkarim al-Kasnazani (pictured), and his brother, on charges of financial corruption. According to the report from AFP no details on the accusations have been issued, but local media said the Minister is suspected of awarding contracts without tenders to firms […]