Former Iraqi trade minister arrested at Baghdad airport

May 30, 2009 16:03

Iraq's former trade minister wanted on a corruption charge was detained Saturday at the Baghdad airport attempting to leave the country, a senior lawmaker said. Iraqi security forces stopped Abdul-Falah al-Sudani before he could board the plane to Dubai so that an arrest warrant charging him with corruption could be served, said Sabah al-Saedi, the chairman of the parliamentary integrity committee. Al-Sudani is charged with of mismanaging the ministry by importing expired foods, engaging in illegal contracts and employing relatives, said Judge Rahim al-Ogaili, the head of the Commission on Public Integrity. The minister's brothers are accused of having skimmed millions of dollars in kickbacks on food imports. One of them is in custody after attempting to flee the country while the other is still at large.

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