It is estimated to be twice as advertised.. Parliamentary integrity reveals a new figure for the "theft of the century"
Shafaq News/ The Parliamentary Integrity Committee revealed, on Wednesday, a new development in the issue of "theft of the century", indicating that the total stolen amount exceeds five billion dollars.
Committee member Ahmed Al-Rubaie told Shafaq News agency, "The Parliamentary Integrity Committee has formed a special investigation committee in the case of theft of tax money, or the so-called (theft of the century)."
He pointed out that "the committee hosted a large number of officials and government agencies, including the Integrity Commission and the Financial Supervision Bureau, to investigate the (theft of the century)."
And that "the report of the Ministry of Finance specified that within a year the amount of 3.7 trillion dinars disappeared, but before the specified period there are many amounts that were stolen as well as the secretariats of the customs tariff."
Al-Rubaie confirmed, "According to preliminary information obtained by the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, it was found that the stolen amount exceeds five billion dollars."
The "theft of the century" became the talk of the Iraqi street, political circles and others, until its echo spread outside Iraq and was covered by Arab and Western media.
The "theft of the century" is represented by the disappearance of 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars (about two and a half billion dollars) from tax secretariat funds, and it was revealed by several concerned parties about two months before the end of the term of the previous government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi.
Following the discovery of the theft, the Commission of Integrity and the Judicial Authority moved to investigate the case, and several judicial arrest warrants were issued. The first arrested was businessman Nour Zuhair, and he was imprisoned, in addition to others, in addition to judicial decisions to confiscate the movable and immovable funds of the person involved in the theft, as well as their families.
The case file is still open to the Iraqi judiciary to reach all its leads, as well as ways to recover the money that was smuggled out of Iraq, according to a number of deputies and politicians.
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