MP Oday Awad said on Thursday that there is evidence, including sound
recordings, proving the involvement of Oil Minister Thamir al-Ghadban in the
corruption case of the Iraqi oil marketing company SOMO.
Awad pointed out that he collected parliamentary signatures to question the minister for the corruption charges. He accused the oil minister of protecting the corrupt inside SOMO.
"We have been subjected to pressure and blackmail because of the corruption issues related to the company, and we started to collect signatures to question the oil minister and form a committee to investigate this corruption," Awad stated.
The MP asserted that Iraq loses 8 million dinars a day because of SOMO's corruption.