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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 […]

Religious Construction ‘More Efficient’ than Govt Projects

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Less Corruption, Less Money: In Iraq, Religious Construction Faster, More Efficient Than Government Projects Tourists coming to visit Karbala and Najaf can stop at one of the “visitor cities” built […]

Former Minister Charged with Corruption

By John Lee. Iraq’s Commission of Integrity has reportedly issued an arrest warrant for a number of Iraqi government officials, including the former minister of electricity Karim Aftan al-Jumaili, on corruption charges. Accoring to BasNews, former Member of Iraqi Parliament Odai Awad had previously accused al-Jumaili of 27 cases of corruption. Jumaili was appointed as Minister […]

Iraq Struggles with Widespread Bribery

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s government, society struggle with widespread bribery With shocking innocence, Ali al-Sultani from Babil, a city 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad, told Al-Monitor what he does to have official documents dealt with […]

Corruption Inside Out: Misjudgment of the Iraqi People

By Dr Layth Mahdi. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Prior to 2003 Iraq was a proud civilization that did not lack in nationalism. A country with roots that stemmed from “Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria and Chaldeans”. They introduced the world to […]