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Iraq Issues Arrest Warrant for Ex-Central Bank Governor

Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dana El Baltaji in Dubai at delbaltaji@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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