AFP
Last updated: 10 September, 2011

Iraq’s anti-corruption chief caves to pressure, resigns

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accepted the resignation on Saturday of the country’s anti-corruption chief, the premier’s office said.

Rahim Hassan al-Uqailee submitted his resignation on Thursday following pressure from political parties, whom he accuses of trying to cover up corruption, an aide had said.

“Responding to a written desire by the head the Integrity Commission, Judge Rahim Hassan al-Uqailee, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accepted the request,” the premier’s office said.

Uqailee, 44, headed the anti-corruption watchdog since January 2008. In February, he accused ministers of trying to sweep corruption under the rug instead of fighting it, saying a lot of dirty money was going to fund insurgents.

International corruption watchdog Transparency International ranks Iraq among the world’s four most corrupt countries.