[size=45]98 orders in one month[/size]
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Chairman of the Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, and President of the Ports Authority, Omar Al-Waeli
Baghdad: Fadel Al-Nashmi
[size=45]Yesterday (Wednesday), the Federal Integrity Commission announced a new tally of arrest warrants and summonses for a large number of senior officials and high-ranking officials in the state, including a minister who is still in service. The outcome was linked to the issuance of 98 arrest warrants and summonses during one month, October (October) last year.
According to a statement issued by the authority, the arrest and recruitment warrants included “a current minister, a former minister, three former ministers, a former undersecretary, and nine former deputies, as well as current governors, (8) former governors and (5) former, and the orders also included (21) current general managers. And (15) former director generals and seven former ones, while (12) orders were issued against members of provincial councils.
This is not the first time that the Integrity Commission has issued arrest warrants for senior officials in the state, and its work has focused for many years on these procedures, without this meaning that it has achieved decisive successes in the file of corruption that the country has been suffering from for 18 years and is still in the head The list of the most corrupt countries issued by Transparency International, as most of the wanted officials can get out of the dilemma of being “arrested or summoned” simply because they are subject to investigation for various reasons, including the weakness of the “legal evidence” brought against them or their affiliation with powerful political groups that exert pressure on the judiciary and integrity to prevent accountability.
Last December, the Integrity Commission revealed that the total number of violations that took place on state land and real estate amounted to (31378) violations in Baghdad and the rest of the provinces, except for the governorates of the northern Kurdistan region.
Last May, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that "150 billion dollars were smuggled abroad from corruption deals a year ago."
Last September, the Arab League, in partnership with the Iraqi government, organized a conference in Baghdad to help it fight corruption and recover money looted by corruption.
Despite the measures taken by the supervisory authorities and the special “Anti-Corruption Committee” formed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi last year, most popular circles believe that the Iraqi authorities have not made the required progress in the file of corruption and combating it.
On a topic related to the file of corruption, and in view of the fact that the border crossings and outlets in the country represent a gateway to corruption and smuggling of prohibited materials, the Supreme Judicial Council, Faeq Zeidan, stressed, yesterday, Wednesday, the need to secure the crossings and the border strip.
The Supreme Judiciary said in a statement that its president, who received at the council's headquarters, the head of the Border Ports Authority, Major General Omar Adnan Al-Waeli, stressed "the necessity of securing the ports and the border strip and tightening control over all goods imported into the country from fraud or manipulation of public money and ensuring that all are examined." He stressed, "Continue to make efforts to apprehend violators and impose the maximum penalties against them under the law."
Although Zaidan said that the file of border crossings “has witnessed a remarkable change under the current administration,” well-informed sources in the ports file confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that “the operations of manipulation, tax evasion, bribery and entry of goods without being subject to safety and quality control conditions are still List in full swing.
The source, who prefers not to be named, adds that “the outlets still operate using traditional bureaucratic methods and have not yet moved to electronic systems to prevent fraud. Therefore, we find that bribery is still rampant, and manipulation of the quality of imported materials is also ongoing, in addition to the continued influence of some associated groups. in armed parties and factions.
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, after assuming the presidency of the government in May 2020, launched a wide campaign against some groups at the border crossings, and he made shuttle visits to the ports of the governorates of Basra and Wasit, and promised to work with the electronic system and “automate” all the ports, the matter did not succeed. Until now, working in the old traditional ways is still common, which facilitates the processes of manipulation and corruption.[/size]
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