Jordanian authorities arrest former Iraqi fugitive on corruption charges

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AMMAN — Jordanian legal authorities have apprehended a former Iraqi fugitive in Amman who was wanted in Iraq on charges of corruption.اضافة اعلان

The Federal Integrity Commission of Iraq confirmed the arrest, stating that the fugitive held a position in the credits department at the Iraqi Trade Bank (TPI).

The convict was found guilty of corruption, specifically involving the unauthorized release of $540,293 thousand (JD383,000) on two separate occasions, without legal justification.

The investigation revealed that the fugitive had sent two letters with identical numbers and dates but with different time frames to a Russian company contracted with the Basra Oil Company. These letters pertained to the processing of a specific type of emulsifier (BM32) and involved a quantity of 900 barrels.

International arrest warrant
The arrest of the convict was made in compliance with an international arrest warrant issued against them.

The Recovery Department of Iraq's Federal Integrity Commission coordinated with the competent courts to organize the extradition file, which was then sent to the Presidency of the Public Prosecution-Division of Extradition.

From there, it was forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently handed over to the Jordanian judicial authorities through standard diplomatic channels.

The Communication Division of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers informed the Directorate of Arab and International Police in the Iraqi Ministry of Interior about the arrest. They requested that a recovery file be prepared and transmitted through diplomatic channels.

Previous prison sentence
The Rusafa Criminal Court, specialized in integrity issues, had previously issued a seven-year prison sentence in absentia for the fugitive convict, in accordance with Article 318 of the Penal Code.

The Federal Integrity Commission had previously announced that the Jordanian authorities arrested the same fugitive convict last month.

During that time, it was revealed that the fugitive had collaborated with a former official from the Anbar Governorate Health Directorate, causing damage to public funds amounting to 21.9 billion Iraqi dinars (JD11.8 million).

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