Iraq parliament lifts speaker's immunity to probe graft

Iraq's parliamentary speaker Salim al-JuburiThe Iraqi judiciary on Tuesday closed a corruption case against parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi, citing a lack of evidence to proceed further. “Evidence against Salim Abdullah al-Juburi is insufficient, so it was therefore decided to release him and close the case,” a judicial statement said. The speaker was never detained but a travel ban was slapped on him and two lawmakers accused of graft by Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi earlier this month.

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