Experts: Integrity deals a strong blow to the corrupt
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Baghdad: Hoda Al-Azzawi
Specialists and experts in the field of anti-corruption considered that the decision of the Federal Integrity Commission to include the heads and founders of parties in the campaign “Where did you get this from?” It represents a bold step through which the Commission delivers a strong blow to the corrupt, while at the same time they demanded that no exception be made in prosecuting those who enriched themselves at the expense of public money.
The head of the “Rasid” organization specializing in integrity and anti-corruption affairs, Abdul Razzaq Al-Sultani, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the decision of the head of the Federal Integrity Commission to include party officials in Resolution 30 of 2011 in the campaign (Where did you get this from?) is a bold step, and we hope it will be implemented.” On everyone who got rich at the expense of public money without exception,” indicating that “popular dissatisfaction and the frustration of the masses with the political class has become clear, as many influential figures have turned their parties into shops, and the economics of those parties have played a major role in plundering public money and seizing the country’s capabilities.” “Within clear and open operations among the Iraqis.”
He pointed out that “the step of holding party leaders accountable and subjecting the corrupt among them to legal accountability is considered one of the bold and big steps and a slap in the face for the corrupt, and it opens the citizens’ appetite for broader participation in the electoral entitlement, which is an advanced stage that is considered for the Sudanese government.”
For his part, the head of the “Regional Center for Studies,” Ali Al-Sahib, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “It is clear that the Integrity Commission is waging a relentless war against the corrupt and their leaders, especially since corruption is rampant in the institutions of the Iraqi state, which has begun to extend its arms like an octopus between its joints.” “, explaining that “so that we can eliminate or reduce corruption; Bold and strong steps must be taken to constitute a real deterrent to the whales of corruption, no matter how high their status is and how great their tricks and capabilities grow.”
He noted that, “The (Where did you get this from?) law was supposed to be implemented a long time ago and would even reveal financial liabilities, and it was the first and strongest line of resistance against corruption, but things went wrong.”
He stressed, “Today the Integrity Commission, and behind it the judiciary and government support, has turned the tables and changed the equation with its steps that we hoped would be proactive. The Iraqi parties are also sprawling and multi-purpose, some of which are full of money whose sources we do not know; Rather, we do not even know who is financing and supporting huge sums of money, although there is suspicion that most of that money falls into the circle of political money.” He added, “So; After everything that happened, we have a body that has taken upon itself to follow up on all corruption files from source to downstream, and it will succeed in its steps as long as it has government support and large public support.”
The head of the Integrity Commission, Haider Hanoun, announced the day before yesterday, Tuesday, the creation of the “Inspection Department” in the ministries, while indicating that the second amendment to the Integrity Law will combat corruption by 90 percent, and that the campaign (Where did you get this from?) will include the heads and founders of parties.
Hanoun said: “There is a second amendment to the Integrity and Illegal Gain Commission law, at a conference that will be held soon,” indicating that “the amendment will include the establishment of a new department called (the Inspection Department), which includes inspection and research in ministries before the crime occurs.”
He pointed out that “the application of the campaign (Where did you get this from?) on illegal gain will not only apply to employees and officials, but will include the heads and founders of parties, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations.”
He continued, “Some of the non-governmental organizations work with international organizations and receive grants,” noting that “the Commission will address international organizations to reveal these funds paid.”
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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