Allegedly corrupt Iraqis arrested

May 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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BAGHDAD, May 27 (UPI) -- Arrest warrants have been issued for some 1,000 allegedly corrupt Iraqi officials, authorities said.

The BBC reported Wednesday that the Iraqi Commission on Public Integrity said at least 50 of the warrants were for senior government officials.

The British network reported that the commission had previously said most of the corruption concerns alleged activity in the Trade Ministry, where officials were said to have taken bribes for contracts.

The BBC reported that 51 officials had been arrested in April and 69 have been arrested in this month.

This week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accepted the resignation of his trade minister, Abdul Falah Sudani, over corruption accusations.

On Thursday, officials are expected to determine whether Sudani will face criminal charges.

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