UK sanctions former Iraqi governor for embezzling funds

0 5

ICRC President Peter Maurer (L) and Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan (R). (File/@ICRC_IQ)


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

Short Url

  • Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan was jailed for embezzling $3.4 million when he ran Niveneh Province
  • UK also sanctions four other individuals in Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe and Venezuela

ARAB NEWS July 22, 2021

DUBAI: The United Kingdom imposed sanctions on Thursday against the former governor of the Iraqi province of Nineveh, Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan, as part of its global anti-corruption regime.

The announcement said that Al-Sultan was “involved in serious corruption in his role as Governor of Nineveh province, Iraq, where he misappropriated public funds intended for reconstruction efforts to provide support for civilians, and improperly awarded contracts and other state property.”

Al-Sultan is currently serving a combined five-year prison sentence in Iraq for corruption offences, including squandering 5 billion Iraqi dinars (approximately $3.4 million) through bogus public works.

The US welcomed the UK’s announcement. “We commend the UK’s actions today against four corrupt individuals already designated by the United States and a fifth whose US-based assets purchased with corrupt proceeds were successfully forfeited in US courts,” the State Department said.

“Corruption has a corrosive effect on society: it undermines democratic institutions, hinders economic development, drains the wealth of nations, and keeps people in poverty,” the department’s spokesperson added.

Support Islam Religion Guardian
At the present time, we are running on very limited funds. In order for us to run Islam Religion Guardian service efficiently, we are in need of your generous support.

Iraq’s parliament removed Al-Sultan from office after a ferry accident in March 2019 in Nineveh province’s capital Mosul.

Almost 100 people were killed when the ferry, loaded to five times its capacity, sank as it carried families to an island on the Tigris River.

In a letter to members of parliament after the ferry accident, the then Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi accused Al-Sultan of negligence and dereliction of duty.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said new sanctions were also being imposed against four other individuals involved in serious corruption in Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe and Venezuela.
“One of those designated spent millions of misappropriated funds on mansions, private jets and a $275,000 glove that Michael Jackson wore on his “Bad” tour, another ruthlessly exploited public food programs in Venezuela,” Britain’s Foreign Secretary said. 

The UK will impose asset freezes and travel bans against the five individuals to ensure they will no longer be able to channel their money through UK banks or enter the country.

Nineveh province suffered devastation during the time it was occupied by Daesh and the fight to liberate it from the terrorist organisation in 2017.

Incomplete reconstruction of the province and its capital Mosul continues to undermine stability in these areas and is hindering the recovery of vulnerable populations affected by Daesh’s occupation.

source UK sanctions former Iraqi governor for embezzling funds (

Subscribe to our newsletter
Sign up here to get the latest news, updates delivered directly to your inbox.
You can unsubscribe at any time

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy
Islamreligionguardian We would like to show you notifications for the latest news and updates.
Allow Notifications