An Iraqi minister responds to efforts to interrogate him and withdraws his hand: Whoever claims something, let him go to court
This came in a press conference held today on the sidelines of his attendance at a seminar held by the Ministry entitled (Technical Solutions to Energy and Environmental Challenges in Cement Factories) on the land of Nineveh University.
"We do not respond to any failed or false statement aimed at merely insulting, sabotaging or distorting," Al-Khabaz said during the press conference, which was followed by Shafak News Agency.
He added that "the country has law and order, and whoever claims something, let him go to the judiciary, prove and hold the negligent person to account, whoever he is, whatever his degree," adding, "But this cheap method, defamation and spreading rumors, this is the method of the weak."
The minister also stated, "We have taken corrective measures within the ministry that hurt and boycotted the interests of the corrupt."
Al-Khabbaz considered the charges against him as "unreasonable statements and accusations," adding that "the state is not loose, and Prime Minister Al-Kazemi is following up on the work of the ministries, and none of the ministers can act outside the scope of the state."
The Minister of Industry continued, saying: We will remain as we were, and what we do is within the laws, and after the judiciary says its word, we will have another position.
Yesterday, Wednesday, a third of the members of the Iraqi parliament demanded the caretaker prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to withdraw the hand of the Minister of Industry and Minerals, Manhal Al-Khabbaz.
The representative of Nineveh, Ahmed Abdullah Al-Jubouri, told Shafaq News Agency, "The signatures of more than 105 deputies were collected today for this purpose."
He added, "The campaign continues in order to demand Al-Kazemi to withdraw the hand of the Minister of Industry and his deputy and refer them to investigate the corruption files in the ministry, which were submitted to the judiciary and the Integrity Commission."
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