Former minister of defense Abdul Qader Al-Obeidi has fled to the United States after being charged with corruption, said the deputy speaker of parliament Aref Taifour on Wednesday. Taifour said in a statement that the ex-minister escaped to the US after the parliamentary committee for integrity received information about irregularities in arms purchase deals for the Iraqi Army, involving Al-Obeidi, who had served in the former government of Nouri Al-Maliki.

The leading lawmaker said he had repeatedly warned of corruption in the ministry of defense since mandate of the former minister.