Continuous movement to recover money and those wanted from abroad
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Baghdad: Hoda Al-Azzawi
. Fighting corruption is among the most important paragraphs of the government program. The Integrity Commission held two international conferences in Baghdad for the Arab Network to Promote Integrity and Anti-Corruption regarding the recovery of assets and wanted persons. It produced several essential recommendations, including mutual legal assistance between Iraq and countries of sanctuary, harmonizing legal descriptions and concepts, and concluding Bilateral agreements between Iraq and countries of sanctuary, and in order to build a legal system for recovery, the former Presidency of the Republic presented a draft law to recover funds and proceeds of corruption.
Dr. Saeed Yassin Moussa, an anti-corruption activist, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "To translate the government program into reality, the Integrity Commission, in cooperation with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice and with the direct support of the Prime Minister, took measures and moved against the states parties to the anti-corruption agreement." Corruption in order to recover the wanted persons as a first stage,” noting that “many countries have expressed their response from them (the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Jordan, and Turkey have also expressed willingness to cooperate), and this requires organizing extradition files for those wanted after completing the investigations in the Integrity Commission and the investigating judge.” To reach the final verdict, so that an international arrest warrant is issued and sent to the international police and the Arab police by the Ministry of Interior, so that it is positive for the response of these countries.He explained, "The aforementioned countries have expressed their willingness to restrict the movement of wanted persons until their files with Iraq are completed by concluding bilateral agreements with them and handing over the wanted persons, and this is a procedure and a positive position on the part of these countries."
Moussa confirms that "there is more than one cooperation agreement signed with the United Nations in training, raising efficiency and community participation, as well as with the International Police, and finally between the Supreme Judicial Council and the Egmont Financial Intelligence Group." The anti-corruption activist points out a point worthy of attention, that "it remains important to take preventive measures to prevent and contain financial and administrative corruption crimes from managing the public office by employing competence, experience and integrity with the legislation of government contract and procurement law, with the merger of private sector companies and the review and protection of their laws." And that the private sector should understand that it has important obligations that must be adhered to, and that non-criminalized acts must be criminalized in the amended Iraqi Penal Code 111/1969 in force, and community participation and investigative media should be strengthened by enacting the right to information law and adopting a general policy in informing the public and disclosure about information".
In turn, the policy-making official in the "Bidaya" movement, Omar Al-Nasser, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "One of the most important challenges that faced past governments and that will face the current government is the issue of recovering state funds and those wanted by the courts, whether those convicted under Article Four terrorists whose hands are stained with the blood of Iraqis, or convicted thieves of public money and corrupt people who have settled in different countries, even if they are with fictitious names, as this will hinder government efforts to return them to Iraq.
He stressed, "The Iraqi government needs to issue bold, articulated and strict decisions like those we witnessed in past stages, the most important of which is cooperation with those countries by activating red signals and notes with Interpol, as Sweden did by recovering a doctor accused of stealing more than 29 million Swedish kronor years ago." .
Al-Nasser called for the establishment of joint committees to recover the convicts "between Iraq and the countries where those wanted are located, and this has become today an imperative necessity, to achieve part of the policy of pre-emptive deterrence, which is the first step in returning the wanted persons to Iraq."
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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