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Judge Rahdi al-Rahdi, head of Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity, was a hero in Iraq for his anti-corruption crusade. So why is he seeking political asylum in the US?

By Nibras Kazimi   November 2007

Mr Radhi goes to Washington

After three years as head of the Commission on Public Integrity, Iraq’s anti-corruption body, Judge Radhi al-Radhi finds himself seeking political asylum in the US.

In Iraq, al-Radhi was for a while everyone’s hero, especially when he went after the massive financial improprieties of ex-officials. Armed with a five-year mandate and secure in the knowledge that only a two-thirds majority in parliament could remove him from his post, al-Radhi led his 1,700 employees in striking terror across Iraq’s civil service and business communities. His style was non-confrontational, but many of his young foot soldiers…

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