Corruption court seeks ex-electricity minister’s arrest

Baghdad's anti-corruption authorities mobilized to arrest Ra'ad Shalal al-Ani, who resigned from the Electricity Ministry in the aftermath of an August contracting scandal.
Raad Shalal al-Ani (center right) stands beside Iranian Ambassador Hassan Danaie-Far (center left) at the signing of a $365 million pipeline contract at the Electricity Ministry in Baghdad on June 30, 2011. (Photo courtesy of the Electricity Ministry)

Special forces from Baghdad deployed to Anbar province with orders to arrest former Electricity Minister Ra'ad Shalal al-Ani, but the governor of Anbar province claimed to have blocked the operation. Other sources said Ani was taken into custody.

"There was an order form Baghdad but we stopped it," said Governor Qassim Abid. "They agreed not to arrest him. (Ani) will turn himself in tomorrow."

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