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Iraq prosecutor files complaint against graft accused

Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi has accused MPs of seeking to blackmail him in order to pass corrupt contractsIraq’s chief prosecutor has filed a complaint against officials including the parliament speaker who were accused of corruption by the defence minister, a judicial spokesman said on Wednesday. Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi accused speaker Salim al-Juburi and several lawmakers of corruption while he was himself being questioned in parliament on Monday over graft allegations. The head of Iraq’s public prosecution filed a complaint against “all those whose names were mentioned” by Obeidi during the questioning, spokesman Abdelsattar Bayraqdar said in a statement.

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