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    Details revealed for the first time..Two Kuwaiti merchants participated in the "theft of the century


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    Details revealed for the first time..Two Kuwaiti merchants participated in the "theft of the century Empty Details revealed for the first time..Two Kuwaiti merchants participated in the "theft of the century

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    [size=35][size=35]Details revealed for the first time..Two Kuwaiti merchants participated in the "theft of the century" and Al-Kazemi's office in the heart of the "conspiracy".[/size]
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    Alsumaria News - Translation

    The Special Investigation Committee for the theft of $2.5 billion from an Iraqi government bank account concluded that the office of former Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi had an active role in the plot, while indicating the involvement of two Kuwaiti merchants, according to a report revealed by the British Middle East Eye and translated by Alsumaria News.

    The parliamentary fact-finding committee was formed in late October after the crime that became known as the "theft of the century" became public. It is made up of deputies from various political factions and tasked with discovering how the theft occurred and who was involved in it.

    The committee's final report was submitted at the weekend and found that several members of the former prime minister's team "facilitated theft" while in office and helped smuggle the stolen money out of the country.

    Among the most prominent of those involved are three members of Al-Kazemi's office: the director of the office, the head of intelligence, Raed Jouhi, and the private secretary[url= %D9%86%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%8A/ar/]Ahmed Najati[/url]And the political advisor, Mashreq Abbas, in addition to the former Minister of Finance[url= %D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A/ar/]Ali Allawi[/url]and those against whom arrest warrants were issued for “facilitating the confiscation of tax deposit funds,” and the authorities were instructed to confiscate their assets.

    The memos were issued "after new evidence emerged indicating the involvement of a number of other figures in the previous government," according to a statement issued by the Federal Integrity Commission, which established the commission.

    There is also a search for two Kuwaiti merchants of Iraqi origin who were close to Allawi.

    Al-Kazemi, who was prime minister between May 2020 and October 2022, denounced it before replacing him.[url= %D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%B9 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A/ar/]Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani[/url], with accusations.

    Al-Kadhimi said that the investigation "lacks the limits of acceptable independence and indicates an open political approach in targeting and terminating everyone involved in working with the previous government."

    Al-Kazemi accused the investigation of targeting some people with the intention of hiding the "actual criminals".

    Although the FCI's statement on Friday did not reveal any details of the new evidence uncovered, the investigative committee's report did.

    The committee found that a total of four trillion dinars (about $3 billion) had been withdrawn from[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86/ar/]Al-Rafidain Bank[/url]state-owned, through 260 checks and distributed to seven private companies between September 2021 and August 2022.

    The committee found that five of the seven companies are newly established and do not have tax records, while the remaining two companies were purchased by the defendants “for the purposes of completing the theft.”

    "None of the companies had legal authorization from the actual owners of the deposits to withdraw these deposits, despite their claim to do so," the report stated.

    According to the British Middle East Eye, the stolen money was money that companies paid in advance for future tax liabilities.

    Previously, it was[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A/ar/]Federal Council[/url]The Financial Control and Accounting (FBSA), the Iraqi public spending watchdog, oversees tax deposit refund requests.

    However, a few weeks before the money theft began, a change was made to allow funds to be withdrawn without permission from FBSA.

    The commission of inquiry said that "official correspondence" surrounding the change was described as key to the theft.

    The report mentions the names of the former head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee and Al-Kadhimi’s financial advisor[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A/ar/]Haitham Al-Jubouri[/url]And the former general manager of the General Authority for Taxes[url= %D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A/ar/]Samer Abdel Hadi[/url]And the former director of the Commission's investigations department[url= %D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%B1 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%8A/ar/]Karim Badr El Ghazi[/url]. As well as Juhi and Allawi - they also participated in these discussions.

    The findings of the investigation are consistent with Middle East Eye's November reports on how the theft was carried out and who was suspected of facilitating it.

    A senior official said b[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9/ar/]Ministry of Finance[/url]The Board of Supreme Audit had previously reported that tax deposits in the account were weak and tried to warn that people might try to extract this money illegally, however, no one seems to have taken them seriously.

    Instead, the FBI reports became the "master key" that allowed the scheme to develop "from the ground up," the official said.

    He added that "the only ones who responded to the warnings were the thieves who were directed by these alarm bells to the location of the funds and the mechanisms of access to them and their theft."

    In November 2017, the Board of Supreme Audit sent the results of its audit of tax deposits for 2015, 2016 and the first four months of 2017 to the Prime Minister's Office and the IGCT.

    The review included many observations, most notably how a large number of tax deposits had accumulated in one account, and that deposit refund procedures were flawed and could be manipulated.

    The Board of Supreme Audit found more than 4.9 trillion dinars (about $4 billion) in tax deposits accumulated in a bank account owned by IGCT in the Al-Ahrar branch of Al-Rafidain Bank.

    The Office of Financial Supervision called the Accounting Department b[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9/ar/]Ministry of Finance[/url]Solve weaknesses.

    In September 2018, in what appeared to be an attempt to resolve the issue, the IGCT set up a new bank account at the tax branch of[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86/ar/]Al-Rafidain Bank[/url]"To credit the amounts received as tax deposits." The new account was called the Senior Taxpayer Department.

    The report revealed that the plan was to freeze the old account in preparation for its final closure after six months, "which was not adhered to, contrary to what was specified by the directives of the Accounting Department."

    In fact, IGCT transferred more than four trillion dinars from the old account to the new account, which was managed by IGCT official, Abdul Hadi.

    The transfer took place in the form of payments that began in August 2018 and ended in November 2020.

    The committee indicated that the funds had again accumulated in this new account where they were stolen.

    A senior Iraqi official familiar with the investigation told the website[url= East/ar/]Middle East[/url]Eye: “All information revealed by the investigations so far indicates that the planning of the robbery began sometime between 2018 and 2020.”

    He added, "The network of those involved is wide and includes political leaders, leaders of armed factions, and former and current senior officials, but the name that was repeated at every stage of the investigation is Raed Jouhi."

    "It is curious that all other names either lead to him or are connected to him in some way."

    The commission's report did not specify the exact role Jouhi allegedly played in the operation, but described the Prime Minister's Office as one of the main parties involved in the theft.

    She says office called my officials[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9/ar/]Ministry of Finance[/url]And directors of IGCT and relevant bank branches without referring to Finance Minister Allawi, and instructed "the concerned authorities to write off FBSA from audit requests for refunding tax deposits."

    Juhi's name was mentioned in the report in several stages, and Juhi was appointed director of Al-Kadhimi's office, who was famous as the chief investigative judge during Saddam Hussein's trial, and general inspector of[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9/ar/]Ministry of Finance[/url]In May 2019 by then Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

    Jouhi held the position until Parliament abolished the position in October, but Kadhimi brought him back to the fore nine months later by appointing him as his office manager, a former member of Kadhimi's team told MEE.[url= East/ar/]Middle East[/url]Eye He was granted "very broad" powers.

    Elsewhere, the report details how investigations found that Alaa Khalaf Maran, Jouhi's private secretary, regularly accompanied the businessman.[url= %D8%B2%D9%87%D9%8A%D8%B1 %D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85/ar/]Noor Zuhair Jassim[/url], the prime suspect of the theft, has been on his foreign trips on Zuhair's private jet over the past two years.

    Logs revealed[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86 %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AF%D9%86%D9%8A/ar/]Civil Aviation Authority[/url], used by the fact-finding committee, showed that Maran and Zuhair were often accompanied by a third person, the general[url= %D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%8A/ar/]Dia Mousawi[/url]Operations Director of the Intelligence Agency.

    Al-Kadhimi, who remained intelligence chief for the first two years of his premiership, appointed Jouhi as his successor in the agency in July 2022. Jouhi did not have a noticeable background in intelligence.

    The commission found that Maran was also a friend of[url= %D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%B1 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%8A/ar/]Karim Badr El Ghazi[/url]Ghazi, director of investigations at the center, told the committee that Maran had invited him and Zuhair on several trips.

    An arrest warrant was issued against Al-Musawi in November "for his involvement in facilitating the smuggling of stolen money abroad."[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

    The investigators were unable to reach Mousawi or Jouhi, and the National Intelligence Service informed them that the former “escaped from[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]and that the latter was “transferred.”

    The commission said that despite its repeated requests for any details about Jouhi, the intelligence services did not disclose where he was “transferred” or why an administrative order had issued his transfer. The

    fact-finding committee found that Zuhair had a diplomatic passport issued by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. He bears the title of a businessman.

    She also said that two arrest warrants and a travel ban were issued against him in October 2019 and December 2020 for allegedly issuing checks to accounts that did not contain the necessary funds in them. "However, he is not registered

    in the wanted database," the report said. This is by conducting 21 foreign flights on his private plane in 2021 and 2022.

    Zuhair was arrested in[url= %D8%A8%D8%BA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A/ar/]Baghdad International Airport[/url]In October, the authorities later confiscated about 182 billion dinars ($125 million) from him, but the investigating judge released him on bail after concluding a deal to return the money in his possession and name other suspects.

    On the other hand, a senior Iraqi official familiar with the investigation told MEE[url= East/ar/]Middle East[/url]Eye. MEE previously tried to contact Zuhair: "I was shocked when I read the results of the investigations. This is the joke of the century, not the theft of the century."

    He added, "The wanted Nour Zuhair carried a diplomatic passport and was accompanied by a high-ranking intelligence officer or an official from the Prime Minister's Office on every trip."

    "The only explanation for this is that he transferred the money this way using his private jet, there is no other explanation."

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