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Former Iraqi director of Rafidain bank detained in Jordan

[4/16/2018 2:46:51 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Iraq’s Commission of Integrity said Monday (April 16) the former director of Rafidain Bank was detained in Jordan’s capital of Amman after a court issued three decisions against him.

The Commission of Integrity said in a letter that Dhya al-Khywn, the former director-general of Rafidain Bank, was detained by Jordanian authorities.

Iraqi Courts of Misdemeanors and Offenses issued three decisions against the former director of Rafidain Bank, sentencing him to 12 years in prison, according to the commission of integrity.

On January 25, Interpol handed over to Iraq a former trade minister Abdul Falah al-Sudani arrested in Beirut over a conviction of corruption. It was the first such collaboration with the international police body.

Sudani, who is now aged 70 and also holds citizenship of Britain where he studied, served as trade minister from 2006 to 2009, following the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

In 2012, the former minister, who belongs to the Dawa party of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, was sentenced in absentia to seven years imprisonment for corruption.

He was linked to a scandal over the import of adulterated tea products during his mandate.

Iraqi authorities have cracked down on former ministers and government officials accused of corruption since current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi presented a comprehensive reform package to cabinet ministers.

In 2015, widespread public anger over corruption and poor services led to weeks of protests, pushing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to announce a series of reforms aimed at streamlining the government and combatting graft.


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