Iraq resumes Russian arms deal investigation
DUBAI, May 21 (RAPSI) - The Central Criminal Court of Iraq has resumed an investigation against officials suspected of corruption while signing a $4.2 billion arms deal with Russia, member of Iraq's parliament Bahaa al-Araji told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"The investigation will go ahead. The witnesses and suspects will give evidence, and Defense Ministry experts will evaluate the possible damage," he said.
The deal remains in force but is not being implemented yet, the MP said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki signed an agreement on military technical cooperation with Russia during a visit to Moscow in October 2012. The deal was canceled a few weeks later because of suspicions of corruption. The parliament initiated an investigation into several officials suspected of receiving kickbacks.
In March, Iraq initialed a revised deal, according to media reports. Later the court reportedly closed the investigation for lack of evidence. Iraq is also investigating other high profile corruption cases, including the purchase of expensive bogus British bomb detectors.