By John Lee.
A former Minister for Trade and two former State Directors of the Ministry have been sentenced in absentia to seven years in prison for corruption.
A statement from Iraq's Commission of Integrity said the three committed offenses in two contracts between the State Company for Trading Grain and a company supplying basmati rice, with "damage to public money in the two contracts" of $14.3 million.
Middle East Online names the former minister as Malas Abdulkarim al-Kasnazani [Mlas Mohammed Al-Kasanzan] (pictured), who was dismissed from Haider al-Abadi's cabinet in 2015.
(Sources: Commission of Integrity, Middle East Online)
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