[size=32]The right of senior officials.. 90 arrest warrants and recruitment in Iraq![/size]
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Baghdad / Sky Press
The Federal Integrity Commission in Iraq announced, on Monday, that it had issued, during the past month, 90 arrest and recruitment orders, against current and former senior officials, on the background of various corruption cases.
According to a statement by the Investigation Department of the Integrity Commission, "the judicial authorities issued (90) arrest and recruitment orders against the backdrop of cases investigated by the Commission's investigation directorates and offices in Baghdad and the provinces and referred to the judiciary."
The department warned that 19 arrest warrants and 71 recruitment warrants were issued against "senior officials with higher ranks."
The statement added, "The orders included 4 members of the current parliament, 5 former deputies, two former ministers and others, in addition to two current deputy ministers, two former deputy ministers and one former deputy."
He pointed out that, "Among the arrest and recruitment orders were those issued against 3 current governors, 11 former governors, and 3 former governors. The orders also included 10 current general directors, 26 former general directors, a former director, as well as seven former members of the provincial councils."
Earlier this month, the UN Secretary-General's envoy to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, called for "radical reforms in Iraq," stressing the need for the Iraqi government to continue anti-corruption efforts.
Plasschaert said in a regular briefing to the Security Council that she gave via a televised circuit from Baghdad, "Achieving a meaningful change that is felt and affects the life of the Iraqi citizen will take time, because this can only happen through structural change that requires systematic social and economic reform."
And she stressed that "there are many other areas that require immediate attention from the Iraqi government, including environmental challenges, support for energy independence, and the return of Iraqi citizens from Al-Hol camp."
And last November, the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia' al-Sudani, revealed the formation of the "Higher Commission for Combating Corruption," in what was described as an "extraordinary formation."
The office stated in a statement that, “Under the direct direction of the Prime Minister, and with the aim of combating corruption in accordance with the ministerial curriculum and with unconventional mechanisms that overcome previous negatives, the (Integrity Commission) formed, on Wednesday, an exceptional formation entitled (The Supreme Anti-Corruption Commission), in order to accelerate the confrontation of major corruption files.” And the recovery of those wanted in corruption cases and the abused public funds.”
Iraq is ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world, as it ranked 157th globally, in the Corruption Perceptions Index issued by Transparency International in 2021.