By Padraig O'Hannelly.
Former Oil Minister Dr. Hussain Al-Shahristani (pictured) has responded to the recent reports of alleged corruption involving Unaoil.
In an email to Expert Blogger Ahmed Mousa Jiyad, for publication on our Iraq Business News website, Dr Al-Shahristani says that he has "not known, met or communicated in any way with anybody from Unaoil or [with] Ahmad Al Jubouri."
He goes on the ask the Iraqi government to join the international investigative team, and offers his full cooperation to the investigations.
Dr Al-Shahristani's full email is shown below:
Dear Dr Ahmad Mousa Jiyad
Thank you for your thorough follow-up on the recent Huffington Post and Fairfax Media report. As you may have noticed, I responded immediately to the report publishers and made public statement that I have not known, met or communicated in any way with anybody from Unaoil or Ahmad Al Jubouri, and called on the Prime Minister, the Integrity Commission and Ministry of Oil to investigate the allegations and I demanded handover of any documents, emails or other available evidence to the competent Iraqi authorities to help them with the investigation.
I am pleased that the relevant authorities in UK, USA, France, Australia and Monaco are teaming up to uncover any wrongdoing or corruption in regard to this and I am asking the Iraqi government to join this international investigative team to obtain all documents or evidence related to Iraq.
I hope you will continue to follow-up this case eagerly, as you have been on other matters concerning oil contracts in Iraq, and make any new findings available to the widest possible circles as we all owe it to the Iraqi people to inform them truthfully and responsibly about any mishandling of their public funds.
I offer my full cooperation to identify and bring to justice any individual regardless of his position, and to recover any misappropriated public funds.