US & Iraqi Forces Arrest Mahdi Army Official In Health Ministry

US and Iraqi forces arrested a big Mahdi Army supporter and Al Sadr minion in the Health Ministry today.

The US says Mr Zamili is implicated in several deaths. (BBC)

The Al Sadr aide is charged with murdering his political opponents and funnelling money to the Mahdi Army militia.
Middle East Online reports:

US-backed Iraqi troops arrested the Iraq health ministry’s second highest official Thursday, charging that he murdered opponents and funnelled million of dollars to rogue Shiite militia groups.

“Special Iraqi Army Forces captured a senior ministry of health official today who is suspected of being a central figure in alleged corruption and rogue Jaysh Al-Mahdi infiltration of the ministry,” a US statement said.

The official, Hakim al-Zamili, deputy secretary at the health ministry, “is suspected in the deaths of several ministry officials,” including its director general in the violent province of Diyala, and in kickback schemes linked to ministry contracts, according to the US statement.

He is also accused of employing a large number of Mahdi Army militiamen at the ministry who use its vehicles and even ambulances to kidnap and kill Sunni Arabs.

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