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On Tuesday (November 22, 2022), the Integrity Commission announced that the High Commission for Combating Corruption had initiated an investigation into the process of transferring balances deposited in Lebanese banks, while it indicated that the preliminary investigations resulted in bringing in officials from the Rafidain Bank and summoning others at the Central Bank.
The commission said in a statement, "The High Commission for Combating Corruption has initiated the first investigation case, which is the process of transferring balances deposited in Lebanese banks to Al-Rafidain Bank in Beirut."
The Supreme Commission stated, according to the statement, that it is “investigating suspicions of corruption in the process of transferring funds, in addition to the bank account of the Rasheed Bank in the Central Bank of Lebanon,” noting that “the investigating judge of the Central Anti-Corruption Criminal Court issued, based on its investigations into the case, orders to bring in the general manager.” To the former Rafidain Bank and its assistant, against the background of suspicions of corruption in the process of transferring balances deposited in Lebanese banks, while he decided to summon other officials in the Central Bank.
And she pointed out that "the recruitment order issued in accordance with the provisions of Article (340) of the Penal Code, was followed by the issuance of an order to stop the transfer of funds to the Rafidain and Rasheed banks, stressing that it will inform the public of developments in the progress of the investigation in the case and the decisions of judgments issued by the judiciary against the accused, as permitted by law and not breach the confidentiality of the investigation.”
Article (340) of the Iraqi Penal Code stipulates that: “Any public employee or person assigned to a public service who willfully causes damage to the funds or interests of the entity in which he works or is connected by virtue of his position or with the funds of the persons entrusted to him shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding seven years or with imprisonment.” ".