The governor of the oil city of Basra Majid Mahdi Abd al-Abbass al-Nasrawi has stepped down and gone to Iran after the commission of integrity began investigating graft allegations against him, Reuters cited people close to him and officials on Tuesday.
Iraq's Integrity Commission on Monday evening issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Nasrawi.
A Basra-based politician close to Nasrawi said the accusations against Nasrawi were "politically motivated" by rivals.
"He can travel wherever he likes as long as there are no legal obstacles," the politician said, confirming that Nasrawi had left for Iran. The governor's family declined to comment and the lawyer's association in Basra said he had no known attorney.