Iraq's Electricity Minister
Loay Khatib directed the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry to
investigate the article in the Wall Street Journal that spoke of suspicions of corruption in the ministry, the Electricity Ministry announced on Monday.
The ministry's vision for the next stage focuses on two essential factors that are equally important, which are providing Iraq with required electricity and ensuring financial and administrative integrity in all departments of the ministry, the ministry said in a statement.
"We stress the need to address all aspects of corruption and to bring corrupt people to justice according to administrative and legal contexts, as they are also keen that anti-corruption efforts do not undermine the reputation of their employees without evidence," the statement read.
The ministry called on the paper to provide the documents and evidence of what was stated in its report.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday about corruption in the Iraqi electricity ministry and some businessmen, which the paper said may threaten the electricity development contract with the American General Electric Company, the newspaper said.