Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-Central Bank Governor

Iraq issued an arrest warrant against former central bank governor Sinan Al-Shabibi on charges of corruption, the state news agency NINA said.

Shabibi is currently outside Iraq, NINA said, citing an unidentified lawmaker.

The government two days ago named Abdul-Basit Turki as interim governor of the Central Bank after it began an investigation into alleged financial impropriety by Shabibi.

An Iraqi court in September sentenced Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, the top Sunni Muslim politician, to death in absentia on terrorism charges, according to Abdel Sattar al-Bairaqdar, spokesman for the supreme judicial council.

Hashimi, who has the right to appeal the sentencing, left Baghdad late last year after an arrest warrant was issued for him. State-sponsored Iraqiya television aired what it described as confessions by his bodyguards saying that they committed murder at his request in return for money. Hashimi said the confessions were fabricated.

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