First arrests in Iraq PM's anti-corruption drive: sources

Two Iraqi officials and a businessman have been arrested as part of a new anti-corruption drive spearheaded by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, government sources said Friday.The arrests represent a rare instance in which current officials – usually deemed too well-connected to touch in Iraq’s graft-ridden system – are subject to judicial procedures.Last month, Kadhemi formed a new committee to fight “major corruption files”, which made its first arrests this week, according to two Iraqi officials with knowledge of the committee’s work.The head of Iraq’s Retirement Fund, Ahmad al-Saedi, and …

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