Observers: The recent arrests in Iraq are a prelude to wider operations that will involve other names accused of corruption cases
Observers confirmed that the arrests conducted by the Committee of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, which is tasked with investigating major corruption cases, raise questions about the government's seriousness in expanding that campaign to oust prominent political figures in Iraq.
A special military force arrested the former director of the retirement authority, Ahmed Al-Saadi, in preparation for his presentation to an investigating judge, according to a security source who spoke to local media, but the operations did not stop there.
Security sources confirmed to local media, on September 17, the arrest of the head of the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Investment Commission [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Shaker Al-Zamili, and the Director General of the Agricultural Bank, Adel Khudair, as well as the arrest of the director and owner of (Key Card) Baha Abdul Hussein at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] International Airport, while he was intending to flee outside the country.
The leaks indicate that this campaign will not stop there and will include other moves that have not been announced yet.
Sources close to the Al-Kazemi government confirm that these operations "are continuing and will not exclude any person who is found involved in corruption files, regardless of their size."
The sources add that what happened in the past two days "is an introduction to wider operations that will affect other personalities accused of corruption cases."
The odds regarding the likelihood that Al-Kazimi will clash with influential parties and political figures accused of corruption files range between two options on the far right and the far left.
While one team describes the recent moves as "the first of its kind" and may represent a "prelude" to a larger movement that includes prominent political leaders, another team expects that "political settlements" will be Al-Kazemi's main choice in an attempt to lead a "quiet period" that would enable him to arrange a safe atmosphere prior to the elections. And early failure to engage in clashes may not be able to "manage its tools."
The nature of the figures who were arrested or information about their prosecution leaked indicates that the campaign will probably target "middle positions" in the country.
These personalities are linked to bodies, banks and other positions related to the movement of funds, salaries and economic projects, in conjunction with the government's announcement of the formation of a committee to audit the number of employees in state departments and institutions.
This gives the impression that the campaign may be linked to "attempts to convince international parties that the government is intent on carrying out economic reforms to obtain loans that would enable it to overcome the financial crisis."
Informed sources had indicated that, after his return from Washington, Al-Kazemi held a "settlement" with the major Shiite political leaders, headed by the leader of the "Al-Fateh" coalition, Hadi Al-Ameri, and the leader of the "State of Law" coalition, Nouri Al-Maliki.
Observers link the recent events to Maliki’s surprise visit to Tehran on September 13th, as reports say that the visit is related to an “Iranian plan” aimed at “besieging” Al-Kazemi, who might rush into moves that might target the influence of political parties and parties directly linked to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. After the last position of the supreme religious authority, Ali al-Sistani.
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