Warrants issued for 28 in Iraqi corruption scandal
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
As a result of the investigation into the misappropriation of approximately one Iraqi government has issued warrants for the arrest of the former defense minister, Hazem Shaalan, and 27 other senior officials from the US-sponsored of ., the
It is alleged that the missing funds were embezzled during corrupt military procurement procedures that left Iraqi defence forces with sub-standard equipment. Contracts were over-priced and cash was moved abroad to pay for the outdated equipment; this was in effect a money laundering scheme.
Many of those wanted in connection with the embezzlement are believed to have fled the country; Iraqi officials are seeking assistance from Interpol to track down suspects. The ex-defense minister is believed to be in Jordan; the Iraqi government met on Monday with the intention to strip Shaalan of the immunity he is afforded as a . This action failed as the parliament did not have a .
- "Iraq on verge of civil war, head of Arab league fears" — Wikinews, October 8, 2005
- "Iraq orders 'corruption' arrests" — , October 11, 2005
- Qassim Abdul-Zahra. "Iraq seeks arrest of former officials over missing defense funds" — , October 11, 2005