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Cairo: Israa Khalifa
Despite the different estimates regarding the looted, smuggled and frozen Iraqi funds before and after 2003; However, they remain shocking numbers that could have played an important role in changing the reality of the country and the lives of millions of citizens, the lowest of which is estimated at $150 billion, and the highest at $1.1 trillion.
In light of the recent efforts to recover these funds, Minister of Justice Salar Abdul Sattar confirmed that “Iraq has sent letters through its embassies around the world to all countries where there are looted Iraqi funds, whether they were deposited in banks during the rule of the former regime or related to money laundering that occurred After 2003, committees were formed through the legal department in the ministry, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to address the authorities of those countries and retrieve these funds.
Abdul Sattar signed in Cairo the “Arab Protocol to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children,” which is the protocol annexed and complementary to the “Arab Convention to Combat Transnational Organized Crime,” and said: “Iraq is keen, by signing this protocol, to strengthen Iraq’s role in Cooperation with Arab countries in combating the phenomenon of human trafficking, especially women and children, which complements the Arab Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
He added that "this protocol will enter into force after the ratification of 7 Arab countries, and it is part of a comprehensive Arab agreement to combat organized crime."
He pointed out that "Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi seeks to expedite Iraq's return to its uniqueness and return to its Arab world and to sign important agreements in several fields," noting that "organized crime, especially human trafficking, is widespread in the whole world, including the Arab region, so there must be a presence Agreements to limit its spread.
The protocol was signed on behalf of the Arab League by the Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Mohamed El-Amin Ould Akik. The signing was attended by the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Iraqi ambassador to Egypt and the permanent representative to the Arab League, Ahmed Nayef Al-Dulaimi, and 15 Arab countries signed the protocol.
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