PM Nouri al-Maliki has recently been accused of obstructing justice by preventing Iraqi courts from prosecuting the former minister of trade. Minister Falah al-Soudani resigned last May after he was indicted in a corruption scandal. The harshest attack on Maliki came from the chief of the integrity committee in the parliament Sabah Sa’aidi.
Sa’aidi told al-Mada that he expected Maliki to give a blind eye to the corruption in the trade ministry. He warned Maliki that covering up on corrupt officials would be “an explicit act of political corruption”.
Under all this pressure, Maliki agreed today to refer the resigned minister to the specialized courts. A letter from the secretariat of the PM office to the Supreme Judicial Council explained that the Prime Minister’s approval was not required in the first place since al-Soudani no longer holds a public office.
This is a good move for Maliki and one more step towards establishing rule of law.