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Lebanon hands over ex-trade min. convicted for graft cases to Iraq

Lebanon hands over ex-trade min. convicted for graft cases to Iraq
Iraqi authorities took into custody a former trade minister convicted in absentia for corruption cases, following his extradition from Lebanon, Reuters reported on Friday. 

Trade Minister Abdul Falah al-Sudany resigned in 2009 and fled the country in connection with graft allegations involving Iraq’s food rations program, one of the world’s biggest.

Iraq’s Integrity Commission issued a statement confirming the return of al-Sudany after reaching a deal with the Lebanese authorities late last year allowing the extradition of the ex-trade minister.

Former trade minister Abdul Falah al-Sudany is now in the integrity commission custody.

Interpol contributed to the arrest of al-Sudany after reaching Beirut in September 2017.

Al-Sudany is wanted for at least nine corruption cases and received eight imprisonment sentences in absentia for graft charges related to food import violations.

Iraq is one of the world’s biggest importers of wheat and rice. Several Trade Ministry officials have faced corruption allegations in the past.

The ministry buys hundreds of thousands of tonnes a year of sugar, lentils, grains and other food and basic household goods to supply a national ration program.
Last Modified: Friday، 26 January 2018 11:21 AM