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Hoshyar Abdullah, a Change (Gorran) Movement MP in the Iraqi Parliament. Photo: Abdullah’s FB
BAGHDAD,— Iraq’s parliament decided on Monday to form a committee to investigate and return cash reserves transferred outside the country, as officials seek to crack down on corruption in the country’s governments.
Iraqi MP from the Change Movement (Gorran), Hoshiyar Abdulla, posted a statement to his official Facebook page saying the parliament would appoint measures for the committee to investigate allegations of money illegally sent abroad in both the central government as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
“It won’t be easy but it is not impossible,” Abdulla said. “It is a dangerous step and there will be much to overcome, but it is a duty and should be done.”
“The international community can also help Iraq seriously to locate and find Baghdad’s cash reserves, and the Kurdistan Region, as the country is facing economic crisis,” he added.
A number of Iraqi Parliament members called on Speaker Salim al-Jabbouri this month to investigate cash reserves transferred abroad by “political officials or companies.”
A group of diplomats and political figures claim companies and politicians took money from the Kurdistan Region and transferred it to international banks, adding that the country needs money now to tackle its economic crisis.
Similarly, Second Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Dr. Barham Salih, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on NRT Tawtwe’s program that the money that was taken out of the region by some companies and that political leaders “must” return it.
Also a senior member of the PUK, Mala Bakhtiar, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Iraq’s Kurdistan Parliament last week to launch an investigation into the finances of the Kurdish region’s political parties and officials.
Head of the PUK’s political office, Mala Bakhtiar said authorities should look into the fortunes of officials and bring them before a judge in cases that require prosecution.
Gorran, Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG), Kurdistan Islamic Movement, Freedom List and Sons of Mesopotamia issued a joint-statement on Tuesday (Feb. 2) calling on authorities in the KRG to return the money which has been stored in the international banks back to the region.
Kurdish officials from the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP and PUK are routinely accused of corruption by the opposition and observers.
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