BAGHDAD: Interpol Thursday handed over to Iraq a former minister arrested in Beirut over a conviction for corruption, in a first such collaboration with the international police body, a government source said.
“Former trade minister Abdel Falah al-Sudani has landed in Baghdad after having been handed over by Interpol,” the source told AFP.“It’s the first time that Interpol responds to a government request at that level.”
Sudani, who is now aged 70 and also holds citizenship of Britain where he studied, served as trade minister from 2006 to 2009, following the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. Placed on an Interpol wanted list in June 2014, he was arrested at Beirut airport in September last year.
In 2012, the former minister, who belongs to the Dawa party of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, was sentenced in absentia to seven years imprisonment for corruption.
He was linked to a scandal over the import of adulterated tea products during his mandate.