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Iraq Receives ex-Minister Wanted for Corruption from Lebanon

Iraq Receives ex-Minister Wanted for Corruption from Lebanon

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 11:45
Former Trade Minister Abdel Falah al-Sudani. Asharq Al-Awsat

Interpol handed over to Iraq former trade minister Abdel Falah al-Sudani who was arrested at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport over a conviction for corruption in September last year.

A source from Iraq’s Integrity Commission said on Thursday that the Iraqi authorities received Sudani who is facing corruption charges.

The source added that Sudani is now in the commission’s custody, and will face nine corruption cases.

During a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Swiss resort of Davos, Interpol's secretary general Juergen Stock revealed that he would visit Iraq soon.

Abadi’s office announced in a statement that the two sides discussed cooperation with Iraq to follow up on organized crime, terrorism and those involved in corruption.

Stock affirmed the Interpol’s cooperation with Iraq in this field, saying he will visit Baghdad soon.

Majida al-Tamimi, member of the parliamentary financial committee, highlighted to Asharq Al-Awsat the importance of enforcing the law on everyone so that a message is sent to Iraqis that every corrupt individual will be held accountable.

“Today, there is a rule of law in Iraq, and the country has benefited from previous mistakes that led to draining the treasury, increasing debts not to mention the negative repercussions on the economic activities," added Tamimi.

In the same context, member of Parliamentary Financial Committee Rahim al-Darraji stated to Asharq Al-Awsat that capturing Sudani and extraditing him to Baghdad brings justice to the oppressed people and to public funds.

Commenting on Stock's willingness to visit Iraq, Darraji said that “there is an Iraqi agreement with international parties, including Interpol, to fight corruption and money-laundering. Therefore, I expect that the coming days will witness a clear accountability of corrupt” individuals.

Furthermore, leader of the Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr said that reconstruction projects would not be accomplished without the eradication of corruption.

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