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Iraq accuses top central bank figure of financial crimes

Charges against economist are called political

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities have issued arrest warrants for the longtime governor of the central bank following allegations of financial wrongdoing, the country’s judiciary said Thursday.

The allegations against Sinan al-Shabibi, who has led the bank since 2003, surfaced earlier this week while he was out of the country on official business. The charges are seen by government critics as an attempt to sideline the politically independent economist, and have been blasted as politically motivated by Shabibi’s defense team.

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