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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 […]

New Allegations of Massive Corruption in Iraq Oil Industy

By John Lee. An investigation by Fairfax Media — publisher of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers — and The Huffington Post, claims that Monaco-based Unaoil has been involved in widespread bribery and corruption in the oil industry, including in Iraq, Iran and Libya. Following examination of tens of thousands of emails, the report says that Unaoil […]

Massoud Barzani vows to Fight Corruption

By Amberin Zaman, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Massoud Barzani vows to fight corruption with same dedication as KRG has fought IS These are critical times in the quasi-independent Kurdish entity in Iraq better known as the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, or […]

Contractors Face Prison for Iraq Fraud

Associated Press reports that two former officers of an American defense contracting firm have pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to rebuilding projects in Iraq. Federal prosecutors say that Neal Kasper (66) and his wife, Tiffany White (49), were involved in a scheme to solicit and accept kickbacks in return for favourable treatment in awarding […]

Total, Vitol Fined in Iraq Oil-For-Food Case

By John Lee. French oil company Total and Swiss oil-trading company Vitol have been fined for corruption by a French court in relation to Iraq’s oil-for-food program. According to Bloomberg, Total was guilty of corrupting foreign civil servants, and has been fined EUR 750,000, while Vitol has been fined EUR 300,000. Other corruption charges against Total […]

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 […]