Former Iraqi electricity minister named in new corruption crackdown Bernard Hibbitts at 6:11 PM ET
[JURIST] A former Iraqi Minister of Electricity was named Saturday as one of a number of former and current officials charged with corruption by Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity [US State Dept. backgrounder; CPA press release] or ordered to appear before Iraqi judges for further investigation. Muhsin Shlash, cited but not yet charged, was an Iraqi exile living in Canada who took over the Ministry of Electricity [official website] in May 2005 as a member of the cabinet of former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The Electricity Ministry has faced immense challenges in restoring Iraq's power system in the wake of the US-led invasion, but has made only limited progress [Spectrum report] despite being the beneficiary of millions of dollars in reconstruction assistance. Shlash was replaced in the portfolio by new Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki earlier this year, who said in one of his first official statements that he would make the fight against corruption a top priority of his government [JURIST report].
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