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Shafaq News/ The Federal Integrity Commission announced, on Friday, that arrest warrants and investigations had been issued against a number of senior officials in the previous government. on charges of facilitating the seizure of tax secretariat amounts.
Speaking about the case, the Commission’s Investigation Department stated, “Following the emergence of new evidence indicating the involvement of a number of other figures in the previous government in the crime of stealing tax secretariat amounts, the second Karkh Investigation Court specialized in integrity issues issued arrest warrants and investigations against (4) One of the most senior officials in the previous government.
She explained that "the arrest and investigation orders were issued against each of: the Minister of Finance, the director of the Prime Minister's office, the personal secretary of the Prime Minister, and the media advisor to the Prime Minister in the previous government."
Ali Abdul Amir Allawi held the position of Minister of Finance in the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi, while Raed Jouhi was the director of Al-Kazemi’s office, and Mashreq Abbas held the position of political advisor to Al-Kazemi, while Ahmed Najati worked as a personal secretary to the former prime minister.
And the department continued, explaining that the orders issued; Based on the provisions of Article (316) of the Penal Code, it came against the background of the accusation of facilitating the seizure of tax secretariat amounts, pointing to the issuance of orders to seize their movable and immovable funds; Based on the provisions of Article (184/a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
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 those 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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