• Iraqi Politian dies of a heart attack
  • Ahmed Chalabi played a major role in the 2003 war

Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi has died of a heart attack on 3 November, according to state television reports.

The 71 year-old ex-president of the Governing Council of Iraq was found dead at his home in Baghdad.

Chalabi is widely seen as the man who helped facilitate the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 by providing information about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, which were later discredited.

Chalabi, who since the war has established himself as a prominent Shia politician, served as deputy oil minister in 2005.

In 1989 he founded Jordan’s Petra Bank and was sentenced in absentia to 22 years in prison for bank fraud in relation to a central bank requirement to deposit 35 per cent of reserves with the Central Bank of Jordan.