Iraq min­is­ter faces cor­rup­tion charges

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Iraq has is­sued ar­rest war­rants for the trade min­is­ter and his brother on cor­rup­tion charges, a ju­di­cial spokesman said.

The state­ment did not say what ac­cu­sa­tions Mi­las Mo­hammed Ab­dul Ka­reem and his brother Nehru faced.

But Iraq me­dia re­ported that they re­lated to con­tracts awarded to firms linked to Nehru, based in Jor­dan.

Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi an­nounced mea­sures crack­ing down on cor­rup­tion in Au­gust.

The move, which over­hauls a sys­tem in which se­nior po­si­tions are ap­pointed on sec­tar­ian lines, fol­lowed protests over power cuts amid swel­ter­ing heat.

Nei­ther Mr Ab­dul Ka­reem nor his brother have com­mented on the al­le­ga­tions.

Their fa­ther, a Kurd, is head of the largest Sufi or­der in Iraq - a branch of Is­lam wide­spread in the coun­try.

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