Hazim al-Sha'lan (file photo) (AFP)
May 31, 2007 -- An Iraqi court has sentenced fugitive former Defense Minister Hazim al-Sha'lan to seven years in prison for embezzlement.
A government statement said the court will also freeze his assets.
Al-Sha'lan, who served as defense minister under former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, was accused of embezzling more than $1 billion earmarked for weapons, along with scores of other officials.
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