When Theives Fall Out

From Holden:

Looks like a slap fight has developed between former Bushboy favorite Ahmed Chalabi and Iraq’s Interim Defence Minister.

Iraqi interim Defence Minister, Hazim al-Shalan has said he will have Ahmed Chalabi, head of Iraqi National Congress (INC), arrested before the 30 January elections after Chalabi ”defamed” him, it was reported Friday.

Chalabi had earlier accused Shalan of stealing large sums of money and transferring them to a bank in Lebanon.

“I will take legal action against Chalabi and have him arrested after the (Eid al-Adha) feast,” Shalan told the London-based Arabic daily al-Sharq al-Awsat.

Shalan said that he considered documents Chalabi had published on the INC website as “forged” and “made up by Chalabi himself”.

A US contractor slain in Iraq last month under mysterious circumstances had three days earlier accused Iraqi Defence Ministry officials of corruption, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the contractor who was killed shortly after blowing the whistle on Hazim al-Shalan.