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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.
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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