Five "Directors" Accused of Corruption

Five unspecified "directors" are suspected of corruption in electricity contracts, the parliamentary Investigative Commission said today.

According to the report from AKnews, the Committee did not say if these "directors" are employed by the government, nor did it specify what exactly the "directors" are directing, but committee member Uday Awwad said that the "directors" received payments from foreign companies.

It is unclear if these were the same companies that had been suspected to be involved in the cases of corruption worth $1.7 billion USD (2 trillion IQD) that led to the resignation of Electricity Minister Raad Shallal in August.

Shallal was replaced as acting electricity minister by Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, who was also suspected of corruption by the Investigative Committee.

Last week, the Iraqi parliament approved Abdul Karim Aftan al-Jumaili from Iraqiya List as new Electricity Minister.

Uday Awwad said that the final report of the Committee's investigation will be presented in the parliament's next legislative term, after the parliamentary recess ends in December.

(Source: AKnews)

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