The investigation stems from inconsistencies in the Center Party's financial records for Iraqi aid projects totalling SEK 3.2 million. The two democracy-promotion projects were managed by both al-Sahlani and her father Abid al-Sahlani, a Swedish citizen who is active in Iraqi politics.
Anders W. Jonsson, leader of the Center Party's 23 parliamentarians, said al-Sahlani decided to excuse herself from her political position in parliament as well as a member of the party's executive.
"She has informed me that she has been suspected of crimes from prosecutors. We have agreed that she is will take a time out from her political work," Jonsson told Swedish Radio.