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Iraqi trade officials face corruption charges

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Arrest warrants have been issued for nine of Iraq's trade officials on suspicion of corruption, reports Middle Eastern news agency Al Jazeera. Among those suspected of corruption are Muthanna Jabbar, director of the Iraqi Grain Board, and two brothers of Abdul Falah al-Sudany, the trade minister. Charges were laid due to suspicion of the officials receiving kickbacks, as well as corruption relating to provision of expired or dangerous food. To improve transparency, Iraq has not imported Australian wheat since 2006, following the Australian Wheat Board scandal where dictator Saddam Hussein received kickbacks for wheat deals.

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