Former Baghdad mayor Naeem Abaob was arrested by the Interpol on the Syrian-Lebanese border on charges of corruption and embezzlement while in office between 2013 and 2015, news reports mentioned.
The arrest took place after an arrest warrant was issued by the Iraqi authorities to apprehend Abaob similar to the arrest of Kirkuk's former governor, Najm Eddine Karim, on similar charges.
Moreover, Abdel Falah al-Sudani, a former trade minister, was also been arrested on charges of corruption. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison weeks after Interpol handed him over to Iraqi authorities.
In January 2019, an Iraqi court sentenced Abaob in absentia to seven years in prison for squandering $12 million when inking a contract with two companies, one local and another Egyptian, to develop a park in the capital.