The mayor of the Iraqi city of Najaf has been arrested by coalition forces on charges of kidnapping and corruption. The mayor had been using blackmail and hostages in order to raid Iraqi banks.
While this may seem like a setback, and it is, it also has the effect of sending a strong message that the coalition forces are serious about law and order in Baghdad. Even people who had been appointed by the coalition are not immune from the law, and those who break the law will be brought to justice. One of the pillars of a stable government is a strong and independent judiciary, and this action is a step in the right direction for rebuilding Iraq.