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    The Al-Halbousi crisis reveals politicians paying more than $60 million to American pressure groups

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    The Al-Halbousi crisis reveals politicians paying more than $60 million to American pressure groups Empty The Al-Halbousi crisis reveals politicians paying more than $60 million to American pressure groups

    Post by Rocky Sun 03 Dec 2023, 4:09 am

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    [size=52]The Al-Halbousi crisis reveals politicians paying more than $60 million to American pressure groups[/size]

    [size=45]The list of payments includes heads of government, ministers, and the Popular Mobilization Forces
    - Sudanese pledges again in an early call yesterday morning with Blinken to protect the coalition forces.[/size]
    [size=45]Baghdad/ Tamim Al-Hassan[/size]
    [size=45]The crisis of Muhammad al-Halbousi, the dismissed Speaker of the House of Representatives, sparked a huge scandal involving about 300 individuals, institutions, and ministries in contracting with American lobbying companies for amounts exceeding $60 million since 2003.[/size]
    [size=45]The crisis revealed the participation of prime ministers, ministers, governors, politicians, and the Popular Mobilization Forces in a list leaked from American circles about those contracts, including Al-Halbousi’s “Taqaddum” party.[/size]
    [size=45]The leaked list includes the names of a number of American companies, some of which operated in Israel, while parties are quarreling internally over the position on Washington due to the events in Gaza.[/size]
    [size=45]Tension returned in Iraq after the end of the truce with Hamas, at a time when Prime Minister Muhammad al-Sudani reiterated his emphasis on the protection of coalition forces.[/size]
    [size=45]The new repercussions in the Al-Halbousi case exploded when the Commission filed a complaint to dissolve the “Taqadum” party, due to the latter’s contract with an American company and sending money to the company without the knowledge and approval of the Parties Department. Immediately, a list of 286 individuals and entities dealing with American lobbying companies from 2003 until this year was leaked.[/size]
    [size=45]The documents, issued by the US Department of Justice, included payments in dollars to these companies until 2021.[/size]
    [size=45]These amounts were estimated at more than $60 million, spent over 18 years, and payments gradually increased year after year.[/size]
    [size=45]According to what was stated in the leaked list, the first amounts began at about $200,000 in 2003, in the name of the contractor, Iyad Allawi, the former prime minister.[/size]
    [size=45]After that, the numbers gradually increased until, for example, during the 2015 and 2016 economic crises, they reached $12 million in the two years combined.[/size]
    [size=45]In the year that ISIS appeared in 2014, the amounts spent internally to American lobby groups reached $5 million.[/size]
    [size=45]As for the last economic crisis that occurred in the country between the years 2020 and 2021, which is the last payments mentioned in the leaked lists, the total amounts were 4 million dollars. The names of most prime ministers since 2003 appear in the list, in addition to contracts with the names of ministries, embassies, provincial councils, and governors.[/size]
    [size=45]In 2016, it appears that the Popular Mobilization Forces contracted with a company for $90,000 in just one year.[/size]
    [size=45]The list includes almost all the politicians, leaders, and parties known after the overthrow of the previous regime, most notably Nouri al-Maliki, Iyad Allawi, and Ahmed Chalabi. In addition to former governors and officials such as Tariq Al-Hashemi, Atheel Al-Nujaifi, Saleh Al-Mutlaq, Mudar Shawkat, Adnan Al-Bajji, Baqir Solagh, Nehru Al-Kisanzani, Jamal Al-Dari, and even Christian associations.[/size]
    [size=45]According to the list, it appears that the governments of 2005 (Ibrahim al-Jaafari) and 2006 (Maliki’s first term) contracted with a company that worked in Israel.[/size]
    [size=45]The name of the company, according to the leaked list, is (white & case llp) and it indicates on the company’s official page that among its activities it was operating in Israel.[/size]
    [size=45]([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]) (link to the company’s website). Following his dismissal, Al-Halbousi's opponents accused the latter of dealing with Israel, while the latter denied this and confirmed that the company he contracted with was American.[/size]
    [size=45]Representative Basem Khashan expected that Al-Halbousi would be imprisoned for a period of no less than one year, against the backdrop of contracting with an American company.[/size]
    [size=45]Khashan said in his blog post on social media, “Halbousi’s imprisonment for one year is within reach, as the representative of the Taqadum Party has approved the contract that includes paying $600,000 and transferring it to BGR without the approval of the Department of Political Parties and Organizations Affairs.”[/size]
    [size=45]Khashan, who had previously filed a lawsuit against Al-Halbousi regarding these companies, added, “This is a crime punishable by law with imprisonment for a period of no less than one year, emphasizing: not less than one year and not more than three years.” Article 50 of the Parties Law stipulates: “Any official in a party or political organization who sends money belonging to the party to organizations, persons, or any party outside Iraq without approval from the Parties Department shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of no less than one year and no more than three years.”[/size]
    [size=45]Al-Halbousi said in a press conference in response to these accusations, “Several people filed complaints against me before the Parties Department, including Jamal Al-Karbouli, who was convicted of corruption cases and was included in the recent amnesty, as well as the other complainant, Haider Al-Mulla, who was excluded three times from the elections due to his conduct and behavior, and another complainant is Suhaib.” Al-Rawi and the former governor of Anbar, who was also enslaved from the elections due to corruption.”[/size]
    [size=45]He added, “Another complainant is Faris Taha Al-Faris, who was nominated twice in the elections and has lawsuits against him. Another person is Taha Abdul Ghani, a member of the Provincial Council in Anbar who is known for violating the law and has many problems. Another complainant is Bassem Al-Khashan, who has dual nationality. My question to him is what his position was when the states announced The United States of America supports the Zionist entity?[/size]
    [size=45]Al-Halbousi pointed out that “one of those who filed a complaint against me did not vote on one of the paragraphs of the law criminalizing normalization,” which Parliament enacted in 2022.[/size]
    [size=45]He stressed that “the company is American, registered in the United States and owned by Americans, and there is no representation or worker in it of other nationalities, and the contract with it is not hidden, but rather announced by the US Department of Justice.” Al-Halbousi pointed out that “the number of contractors from Iraq with the American company, because of which we were accused of normalization, is 286 contracting parties, and the private sector in Iraq is also contracted with foreign lobbying companies.”[/size]
    [size=45]Politician Mathal Al-Alusi revealed to Al-Mada two weeks ago that “parties, within the coordination framework, paid millions of dollars to offices in the United States to reduce the escalation against the factions” against the backdrop of the events in Gaza. The importance of the relationship with Washington is doubled due to the approaching elections and the war between Hamas and Israel, which resumed again after the end of a truce that was extended more than once.[/size]
    [size=45]In Iraq, it is expected that attacks will return again, which appears to be the reason behind a second call between the Prime Minister and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken since the events in Gaza.[/size]
    [size=45]In a government statement, he confirmed that Al-Sudani informed the US Secretary of State that the recent attack on “Jurf Al-Nasr” violated sovereignty, while affirming his commitment to protecting the international coalition advisors present in the country.[/size]
    [size=45]On the other hand, the US State Department said that Blinken urged Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad al-Sudani, in a call early yesterday morning, Saturday, to protect Americans in the country.[/size]
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