Iraq's outgoing election commission chief told AFP that he and two other senior election officials were found guilty of graft on Tuesday and handed suspended one-year prison sentences.
The sentences effectively bar them from public office for life, as anyone convicted of a criminal offence cannot hold a civil service position in Iraq, Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) chief Faraj al-Haidari said.
"Sentence was issued against me, Mr. Karim al-Tamimi and Mr. Osama al-Ani, of one-year suspended prison terms," Haidari told AFP by telephone.
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The three were arrested in April on charges of corruption, specifically paying a bonus of 150,000 dinars ($130) to an employee of Iraq's state property commission in order to secure better-located government-allotted plots of land.
Haidari insisted on Tuesday that any payments made were legal, adding: "I have no idea why (the sentence was handed down). I do not have any relation or role in this issue."
Alluding to widespread political sectarianism in Iraq, Haidari said, "There is sectarianism even in this verdict -- a Shiite, a Sunni and a Kurd," referring to Tamimi, Ani and himself respectively.
There is bad blood between Haidari, a Shiite Kurd, and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law list over the aftermath of 2010 parliamentary elections, in which the premier's list came in second to the mainly Sunni-backed Iraqiya list of Iyad Allawi.
The State of Law list sought a vote of no confidence in Haidari on July 30, 2011, for alleged corruption, but failed because other parties opposed it.