[size=36]Al-Kazemi: In one year, we exposed corruption files that were not revealed for 17 years, and looted funds were recovered.[/size]
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, Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed, on Wednesday, that the Anti-Corruption Committee revealed, within one year, corruption files that had not been revealed for 17 years, and recovered money looted from abroad.
Al-Kazemi said, during his speech at the International Conference for the Recovery of Stolen Funds, which was held today, in Baghdad: “I welcome you, dear brothers, to your important conference on recovering looted funds due to corruption, as distinguished guests in the land of Mesopotamia in Baghdad, which has suffered what it has suffered because of corruption, and the smuggling of bounties. Iraq and its looting over the past decades.
He added, "Corruption and money smuggling is a serious disease that affects any society, and any country if the risks of this disease are not dealt with seriously and responsibly by taking measures to combat corruption and eliminate waste, smuggling and disregard for the capabilities of peoples."
Al-Kazemi continued: "In Iraq, we admit that this disease has plagued our country for decades. There are billions of dollars that were stolen and smuggled during the era of the previous dictatorial regime, and unfortunately, after 2003, the matter was not better, but on the contrary, institutional errors allowed corruption to worsen and in a more dangerous way. Some took advantage of the security chaos, legal loopholes, and partisan strife to steal people's money and transfer it outside Iraq in a way that causes pain to the conscience of any Iraqi citizen.
He continued by saying: "Today, we attend this conference on the recovery of looted funds to confirm that corruption and the recovery of the Iraqi people's money smuggled out of Iraq is a priority for the Iraqi government, and it is a priority for our people who squandered many of their capabilities and money in absurd wars, internal and external conflicts, while the corrupt invested Iraq's special circumstances in the project of looting and smuggling the country's money.
And he added, "I always say: Corruption and terrorism are two sides of the same coin... Yes, corruption and dissipation of the state's capabilities and capabilities are outright terrorism, and corruption paved the way for ISIS gangs to desecrate the holy land of Iraq and occupy dear Iraqi cities."
Al-Kazemi added: "Yes, corruption was present when an attempt was made to plunge society into a false sectarian conflict, its first and last goal being the looting of money, and corruption was present in weakening the Iraqi state institutions to be looted by the wicked, and corruption was present in choosing the wrong person in the right place in the All institutions, just as corruption was the twin of ISIS and its back as it smashed the Iraqis.”
He talked about "the weak infrastructure in Iraqi cities, so we refer to corruption, money smuggling and waste of resources, and the same situation when we talk about the spread of slums, unemployment, and the decline of health and educational institutions after Iraq was occupying advanced positions in health and education."
He added: "We say this with pain... and we say it with courage and frankness, and the path to a rational state begins with frankness with our people about the diseases that led to the decline of a great, historical and fundamental country in the region and the world, such as Iraq."
And he stated: "That is why we set from the beginning our main goal in fighting corruption, and we formed a special committee to combat it, which did its duty with the Integrity Commission, the judicial authorities, the Ministry of Justice, and Financial Control. It revealed, within one year, files of corruption that were not disclosed for 17 years, and recovered money looted from abroad, and in On the other hand, the committee was subjected to attacks and false accusations, the aim of which was to frustrate it and thwart its work, but when you have a national duty before you, there is no place for frustration and retreat.
Al-Kazemi said: "From here, I salute these blessed national efforts, and I call on the recovery department of the Integrity Commission to work hard and diligently with the Ministry of Justice to follow up the looted funds by opening legal cases against the parties involved, and speeding up the process of returning the funds to the Iraqis," calling on friendly and brotherly countries to "help Iraq." In return, we are open to the utmost cooperation with all countries in this regard.”
He stressed, "that there should be no safe haven for looted funds and thefts, and the corrupt and thieves should not feel that there is a shelter for the money stolen from any country, and the corrupt must be well aware that these funds will be returned to their owners no matter how long and how far away, and that they will face the law with what They committed crimes."
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He concluded by saying: "It is time for us to say: Enough corruption, destruction and sabotage in Iraq and in every country. Enough disregard for the capabilities and rights of peoples. Enough with the abuse of our peoples, theft of their money, and destruction of their economies." Ended 29/A43
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