Syrian Former Minister Confesses to Role in Corruption Case

Published May 31st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Nabeel Al Mulhem 

 

A former Syrian transport minister has confessed to involvement in a corruption case while he was in office, according to sources on Tuesday.  

The sources, who asked not to be named, told Albawaba.com that ex-minister Mufeed Abdul Kareem, who held the transport portfolio in the last government, confessed to interrogators that he, and another former senior official, among others, were part of a corruption case related to a maintenance contract of two Jumbo airplanes, belonging to the Syrian Airlines. 

They said Abdul Kareem gave evidence that former prime minister Mahmoud Zu’bi was corrupt . 

The sources declined to disclose the name of the other official, but said he has been summoned by authorities four times for interrogation. 

“The authorities hold in custody a small group of officials from the Public Establishment of Civil Aviation accused of involvement in the same case,” the same sources added. 

Previously, Lt General Omar Rida was arrested on charges of wasting more than a million US dollars in the Jumbo maintenance deal. 

Zu’bi committed suicide on May 21 after he was referred to court for corruption, in the framework of an anti-corruption crusade reportedly led by Syrian President’s son, Bashar Assad. 

On Sunday, former deputy prime minister for economic affairs, Salim Yassin, was arrested and his assets confiscated within the same campaign – Damascus, Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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