Parliament jump-starts stalled oil corruption inquiry

Reconstituted investigative committee will focus on allegations that Australia's Leighton Offshore paid bribes to Iraqi officials, including former oil ministers.
Parliament jump-starts stalled oil corruption inquiry
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani (L) speaks during a joint news conference with Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul-Kareem Luaibi in Baghdad, April 2, 2012. (SAAD SHALASH/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Parliament has re-launched a committee to investigate oil sector corruption - the latest in a series of attempts to hold senior officials accountable for allegedly taking bribes.

In a Jan. 17 order, Speaker Salim al-Jabouri tasked nine MPs from the Parliament's oil and finance committees to "investigate the media reports that accused the Oil Ministry's top officials of involvement in corruption."

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