Abdel Falah al-Sudani
Abdel Falah Hassan Hamadi al-Sudani is an Iraqi politician who was the Minister of Trade from May 2006 to May 2009 in the government of Nouri al-Maliki. He previously served as Education Minister in the Iraqi Transitional Government.
Sudani was born in Basra in 1947 and went into exile in Britain in the late 1970s. In 1981 received a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Islamic Dawa Party - Iraq Organisation.
On 3 May 2009, arrest warrants were issued by the anti-corruption Integrity Commission on eight trade ministry officials, including two of al-Sudani's brothers and the head of the Iraqi Grain Board. The head of the Council of Representatives of Iraq's Integrity Committee, Sabah al-Saedi from the Islamic Virtue Party, called on al-Sudani to resign. al-Saedi said the ministry had become "a remarkable source of corruption and squandering of public funds"  When the official arrived to arrest the accused, there was a fifteen-minute gunbattle between Iraqi troops and ministry bodyguards. One suspect was arrested but the other eight managed to escape.
Sudany appeared before the parliamentary committee on May 16 and 17, admitting that corruption had taken place and the system had to be changed.
Al-Sudany resigned as Trade Minister on May 14. Prime Minister al-Maliki delayed accepting this whilst the parliamentary investigation was on-going, accepting the resignation on May 26.
Al-Sudany faced a vote of no confidence on May 27 from the parliament to determine whether he should face criminal charges. Three days later he was arrested at Baghdad airport as he was trying to fly to Dubai. He was interrogated in prison by anti-corruption officials for eight days and then released on bail of 50 million dinars.
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