Corruption Committee’s 1st Big Fish? Al Iryani Implicated in US$6.3M Scandle The Marib Press is running a piece by their favorite correspondent-at-large Munir al Mawri claiming that the former Prime Minister, Advisor to the President and GPC bigshot Abdul Karim al Iryani has been doing naughty stuff with the peoples’ money. Al Mawri is also the reporter that brought attention to the Nuclear deal with Powered Corp and its executive Jalal Alghani. This guy has obviously made a name for himself as a corruption buster, as someone with access on the inside of the party has emailed him the ........s for this one. In the article, al Mawri says he has ........ation, going back three years, which shows the that the good Dr. has been embezzling funds and writing a number of hot checks without the available funds…to the tune of 1.25 billion rials (about US $6.3 million). He claims that al Iryani has embezzled large amounts of money from loans taken out for government and party projects - specifically, sums sent to a “Future Press -Beirut.” It is also claimed the al Irayani was involved in embezzlement during the latest campaign of President Saleh. This is a huge ........, which I am still dissecting. I assume that more sources will be picking this story up in the near future. The interesting thing to me is not the corruption - stuff like this happens throughout the regime- but where did these ........s come from…it seems like someone may have just served up al Iryani here. Marib Press really has some guts publishing this one. Al Mawri and the paper may have found a loophole in Yemen’s Press/Slander laws - If the reporter is in the west and is not on the newspaper’s payroll, everyone’s immune…At least that’s what Marib Press is prayin’ for.