|Thursday 7 March|
A number of citizens, on Thursday, to reopen the "file of corruption" and the accounting of those who fail in the control of customs zero, describing it as "notorious."
Al-Zafra Customs, which is located in Al-Azim district in Diyala province, is known for its "corruption and bribery" of truck owners who transport goods from neighboring countries and who stand in long lines for several days.
"The government should set up a committee to punish and hold accountable the spoilers in the zero-sum file, who took bribes and abused the state," lawyer Akram Karim Mohamed told the newspaper. "The government should not place this file on the shelves."
"The corrupt people in this customs have caused the state to lose billions of dollars by transferring these funds to their pockets with little accountability," Mohammed said. "Ignoring this file and the lack of accountability will push others to steal and take bribes."
For his part, the citizen Mohammed Hamza said in an interview for Alsumaria News, "The state was deficient in not accounting for those corrupt in the customs zero is notorious because they harmed the citizen first, considering that what was taken from the owners of trucks of money is added to the goods."
Hamza pointed out that "the money that was stolen through blackmail and bribery in this control could have been the reconstruction of all areas affected by the organization of a preacher," stressing that "the accountability of corrupt by the government will put an end to prevent others from passing on citizens in the future."
On March 2, 2017, truck drivers stormed the Safra customs office north of Diyala in protest at customs levies and "corruption".
Former Prime Minister Haider Abadi, on August 2, 2018, abolished the control of the zero, and opened customs points in the provinces of Kirkuk and Nineveh, according to a document issued by the Office of the Prime Minister.
The document, issued by the Office of the Prime Minister to the General Customs Authority, stated that "a reference to our letter No. (2331) 15/7/2018 and the Joint Operations Command No.
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