Al-Arabiya quoted, according to unnamed sources, that "the committee headed by Lieutenant General Ahmed Abu Ragheef obtained a judicial decision to lift the immunity of four parliamentarians, in addition to issuing another list to prevent the travel of a large number of political figures who are suspected of corruption."
Karbouli, who was already arrested, has always been suspicious of and repeatedly accused of corruption by political parties, but despite this, Asharq Al-Awsat sources say, "Many Iraqi parties tried to mediate with him, including those who were considered his opponents."
This new path that the committee pursued in the arrest of senior officials confused the entire Iraqi political scene, especially since the arrest process was intended to reflect the government's seriousness in implementing its promises of reform, as the security forces surrounded al-Karbouli's house and then arrested him despite the contacts and mediation of Iraqi politicians and leaders.
The corruption that Iraq witnessed is very large, and the money that was wasted ranges between three hundred and four hundred billion dollars, meaning that a large number of Iraqi politicians have already been involved in corruption deals.
Now this committee formed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, headed by Lieutenant General Abu Ragheef, has apparently begun its work. According to the sources, the matter began at Karbouli and will not end with it. There are lists that will see the light within days, as "Asharq Al-Awsat" revealed the existence of two lists approved by the judiciary, one of which includes the names of four deputies in order to arrest them and the second includes the names of officials who will be banned from traveling.
According to Al-Sharq al-Awsat and according to the circulating figures, the total income of the Iraqi state’s treasury after 2003 and to this day is about one and a half trillion dollars of which the equivalent of 70 percent has been spent on operating costs and salaries, while 300 to 400 billion dollars are promised by virtue of the money wasted due to corruption .
According to the latest reports issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, the poverty rate in Iraq has increased significantly in recent times. The percentage, according to the ministry's report, ranges from 25 to 27 percent
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