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    The former finance minister rejects orders to seize funds and recounts the details of the "theft of the century": God is witness to what I say - Urgent
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    Baghdad today - Baghdad
    The former Minister of Finance, Ali Abdel Amber Allawi, announced, on Monday, his rejection of the arrest warrants and seizure of his movable and immovable funds, issued against him by the judiciary on charges of his involvement in the case of theft of tax secretaries known as (the theft of the century).
    Allawi said in a lengthy statement in response to the accusations against him received by (Baghdad Today): “Last week, a series of judicial orders were issued against me, including the seizure of my movable and immovable funds, and an arrest and investigation order, and these procedures were related to the so-called theft of the century, and it was The charge against me specifically (facilitating the seizure of tax secretariat amounts) I do not have detailed information on what these accusations are based on, but I have been informed that this information is kept confidential.
    He added, "I initially received this news through social media, and not from any official source, and it turned out that the order to seize my money was sent by the Supreme Judicial Council to the Ministry of Finance on February 2, 2023, that is, about a month before I heard about it on social media, and likewise The arrest warrant was not delivered to my home in Baghdad or to any other address belonging to me, but it was in the form of a publication on the Integrity Commission's website.
    Allawi described these judicial procedures as "shocking, questioning my integrity, my years of service in Iraq, and for the benefit of the Iraqi people, and I totally and absolutely reject these unfounded accusations."
    He explained, "When I assumed the duties of the Ministry of Finance, our financial conditions were miserable with the depletion of the treasury, the spread of the Corona pandemic, and the collapse of oil prices. We succeeded in overcoming these very difficult challenges, we paid the risk of defaulting on debt payments, we were able to guarantee the payment of salaries, and we started the reform process embodied in the white paper. At the end of "The mandate of the government of Prime Minister Al-Kazemi, the foreign exchange reserves approached 100 billion dollars, and the treasury had a surplus account of more than 25 billion dollars. We left the new government with very strong financial conditions to supplement the state budget."
    And he stressed that he "worked hard and sincerely in his position as Minister of Finance to obstruct and expose corrupt practices, and in the Ministry of Finance, I fully cooperated with the Integrity Commission, and I did not hesitate to provide them with sensitive files when there was suspicion of corruption on them."
    Allawi pointed out, "Most importantly, I prevented a contract that would have imposed unjustified exorbitant costs amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars on the customers of the largest government bank, and I had launched the automation of customs management by contracting with a United Nations agency to obtain a customs automation system." Known globally I have been ahead of the curve in developing tender requirements to automate the tax authority and tax system, in collaboration with the World Bank, which when fully implemented would control corruption."
    He continued, "I worked on a completely new, modern set of internal regulations for government banks, especially Al-Rafidain, which, if implemented, would raise our banking sector to international standards, and one of the priorities was the digitization of banks. These two measures would have greatly reduced the incidence of corruption in the banking sector." ".
    Regarding the theft of the century, Allawi said: “I took a number of measures in October and November 2021, when there were indications of breaches in the Tax Authority, and in particular, I issued, on November 4, 2021, a ministerial order to the Director General of the Tax Authority preventing them from issuing Any tax refund from the trust account without the approval of the minister's office, and after that it became clear that the Director General of the Tax Authority did not comply with the ministerial directives. If these orders were implemented, the vast majority of thefts would not have occurred."
    He noted, "When he joined the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, I was 72 years old. I left another world of writing and lectures to serve my country at this advanced age. I made it clear that I was not interested in politics and that my focus would be exclusively on laying the foundation for reforming the Iraqi economy, and it was Fighting corruption is an essential part of this plan."
    And he went on to say: "In my resignation statement dated August 16, 2022, from the position of Minister of Finance, I frankly addressed my concern about the extent of corruption in the country, its threat to Iraq as a state and the damage caused to its effectiveness in providing security and prosperity to the Iraqi people over the past years."
    And the former Minister of Finance indicated that “after he left the position, the Integrity Commission contacted him to work to provide them with information related to the issues that I raised in the resignation statement, and I informed them that I was outside the country and did not hear from them until after two months, and I informed them of my full willingness to communicate with them and help them, but again, I did not There was no official answer from them.
    "Separately, I had appeared for three hours before the Parliamentary Subcommittee to Investigate the Theft of the Century in a televised call," he added, stressing that he "always acted with honesty and sincerity and never shirked my responsibility to fully cooperate with the official authorities. However, this has happened." "The amazing turn of events as I am now accused of the very crimes I spent years exposing and fighting. These formal charges were preceded by a torrent of leaks against me on social media."
    Allawi added, "This was followed by an unprecedented appearance on television by the investigating judge in the case, where he pointed the finger at me by describing me in detail without actually naming me. This was before any charges were brought against me."
    He said, "Therefore, I can only think that there were serious mistakes in the investigation process, or that I am a scapegoat for a charge of which I am completely innocent, intended to cover up the real thieves. I will never accept these false accusations, and I will fight to show that these accusations are outrageous, moreover I will dedicate the remainder of my life to exposing the ramifications of the robbery of the century, from its planners, perpetrators, accomplices and beneficiaries to those who systematically covered up this crime and leveled an outrageous charge on a completely innocent party, and I will help expose them and bring them to justice, and God is my witness.”
    The Minister of Finance concluded his statement by saying: “Under these circumstances, it will be difficult to see how the conditions for a fair trial can be met in Iraq. Soon a detailed file of all the steps and measures we have taken in the Ministry of Finance to prevent abuses in the Tax Authority, and I will also respond to the final report of the parliamentary subcommittee on theft of the century, especially the items related to my decisions in the ministry in this regard.
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