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Iraq arrests Babel governor on corruption charges

The Iraqi flag is seen in Mosul after the city was freed from Daesh 9 July 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]
The Iraqi flag [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu Agency]

Iraqi security forces yesterday arrested the Governor of Babel, Hassan Mandil Al-Sariawi, on corruption charges, Anadolu news agency reported.

The agency quoted an unnamed police officer as saying that a special security force from the capital, Baghdad, arrested Mandil after an arrest warrant was issued by the Iraqi judiciary against him for corruption.

The officer, who asked not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media, explained that the security forces took the governor to a security centre in Babil before he is due to appear before the judiciary.

Earlier this month, the Babel Federal Court of Appeals issued an arrest warrant for Mandil on charges of bribery in accordance with Article 160 of the Iraqi Penal Code.

Over the past weeks, the Babel has witnessed continuous protests calling for Mandil's dismissal on the grounds of "mismanagement and corruption".

READ: Iraq anti-corruption body charges 63 ministers during 2020

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