Iraqi PM orders probe into corruption allegations over weapons deals

 

World | Mon Aug 1, 2016 10:53 am EDT

ordered an investigation on Monday into allegations of corruption in weapons deals that risk re-igniting a political crisis ahead of planned military moves to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

Infighting over anti-corruption measures, which stalled government activity for several months and sparked clashes between protesters and security forces in Baghdad earlier this year, threatens to slow momentum to recapture Mosul and capitalize on battlefield gains against the ultra-hardline militants.

Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri denied charges of corruption made at a closed parliament session by Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, who later said on his official Facebook page that he had details of blackmail relating to weapons contracts.

Obeidi provided no evidence in the online post, and it was not clear if the session would be broadcast. A separate message said several MPs were suspected of similar crimes.

Abadi said in a statement that he had directed the Integrity Commission, a government body tasked with fighting corruption, to investigate the accusations.

Obeidi had been summoned to parliament to respond to allegations of graft in the Ministry of Defence, which has been accused of wasting billions of dollars in public funds and weakening the armed forces to the point where they collapsed in 2014 in the face of Islamic State.

“What happened today was a charade in order for the questioning not to be held,” Jabouri said in a televised news conference following the session.

Islamic State seized a third of Iraq two years ago but has since been pushed out of many of those areas by Shi’ite Muslim militias and a military that is slowly being rebuilt with the support of a US-led coalition.

Former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was forced to resign following the Islamic State takeover, was acting defense minister at the time.

Abadi has been trying for more than two years to tackle corruption in Iraq, which ranks 161 out of 168 on Transparency International’s Corruption Index, but has faced resistance from much of the political elite.

Obeidi told state television in an interview on Saturday that the summons to appear in parliament was “a conspiracy by the corrupt, a political targeting because of tackling corruption”.

He said since taking over the ministry he had cut down significantly on graft in weapons deals and “ghost soldiers” – army members who do not exist but whose salaries are collected.

(Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Saif Hameed; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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Baghdad Municipality held investment conference under the slogan (Baghdad make life defying terrorism)

 

Special / Economy News:
Baghdad Municipality held in cooperation with the Iraqi Investment Authority Economic Council on Monday its first conference to announce their own investment map.
And it participated in Almatmrrabotth Iraqi private banks, along with a number of investors and representatives of the private sector.
He began to Almatmrbaklmh Amina Baghdad Alloush memory of the investment plan of the Municipality for this year and the magnitude of the challenges faced by the service to promote the reality of the capital to coincide with the difficult economic situation that Iraq is going through reviewed.
She stressed the importance of completing projects Alaamarmn through the possibilities of self-honesty and orientation towards the private sector in this area.
For his part, head of the Baghdad Provincial Council Riad dentex that this conference presents an investment map for the Foundation’s mission is the Municipality of Baghdad, noting that it was the first time in which the Secretariat presents investment opportunities in this way smooth and transparent to investors.
He explained that the province demanded the Municipality of Baghdad that there is a time limit for investors in the implementation of projects and not to sell investment opportunities to prevent the phenomenon of corruption.
During Almatmrtkadim honesty investment plan for this year, in line with the government program, which refers to the need to shift towards the private sector and the development of scientific and practical steps to push the wheel of development and civilization Alasttmarottauferkhaddmat excellent quality and stop Altdhoralhoudra and access to health and a clean environment.

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Iraq is preparing to hold an international conference on the defeat Daash in half this month

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} Iraq is preparing to host an international conference attended by more than {50} state to hold an international conference on the defeat Daash in half of the month.
A statement by the Media Committee of the Conference and agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it, that “Iraq is on a date with an important international conference in Baghdad attended by more than {50} countries and the United Nations and the European Union and NATO and the Office of the fight against international terrorism in London and the League of Arab States and more from {70} international experts. ” the
statement continued that” the conference will be under the banner of { the world with Iraq to defeat Daash} in the first half of this August , “noting that” the confidence of the world , Iraq has become too big and became a turning point in support of Iraq after the elimination of a point Daash.
Iraq had embraced in Baghdad on March 12 2014 morning, the first international conference to combat terrorism , the participation of more than 25 countries and 40 experts and specialist in the field of terrorism and ways to combat it , as theconference was attended by a number of international figures and representatives of the United Nations and the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic cooperation international police and senior officials in the Iraqi government.
the objectives of the conference to shed light on the phenomenon of terrorism faced by the countries of the region and the world and discussed international efforts to achieve solidarity in the face of this phenomenon at all levels where it was agreed on the formation of a general secretariat of the conference will be based in Baghdad to follow up the recommendations of the conference, The Iraqi government has confirmed welcomes this decision and to provide all facilities to support and ensure the success of Manmtha.anthy

Jubouri ready to appear before the court on corruption charges

 

By Azad Jmakari 21 minutes ago
الجبوري: مستعدون للمثول أمام القضاء حول تهم الفساد

Roudao – Erbil

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim alJubouri , said, “ Theaccusations Defense Minister baseless , ” asserting that “the defense minister for his claims of corruption means a partner by the coverup.”

He said al-Jubouri, in a press conference on Monday, on corruption charges, that “the accusations play to prevent questioning of the Minister of Defense, and Somthel before the court,” adding that “our face to investigate everything that provoked al-Obeidi during interrogation.”

He said al-Jubouri, “Senbt accusations Defense Minister without cutting session,” pointing out that “accusations of Defense Minister baseless.”

He stressed Jubouri not return to sessions before proving his innocence of the charges against him, “adding,” I will not ascended the platform of the new parliament, if it does not prove my innocence of the judiciary and the integrity and I will prove it. “

It is noteworthy that he left Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, the parliament hall after being accused of corruption files by Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi in the last interrogation session.

The Minister of Defense, Khalid al-Obeidi, said in a questioning session on Monday, said that “Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri was involved trying to pass the arming of decades of corrupt with deputies and other officials.”

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Parliament Speaker: What happened today is a drama was led by the defense minister to escape from the interrogation and the charges against him

 

Nur News / Baghdad
Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, confirmed that what happened in the meeting, on Monday, a theater run by Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi to escape from the interrogation and the charges against him.

Urgent Jubouri plans to move a lawsuit against the Minister of Defense

 

History of edits:: 1/8/2016 15:1979 visits readable
[Where – Baghdad]
The President of the Council of the Nuba Saleem al – Jubouri, on Monday, to resort to the courts to lodge acomplaint against the Defence Minister Khaled al – Obeidi Altchehr guilty to corruption charges ..itba

Urgent Jubouri leave the chamber will not be back before being acquitted of corruption charges

 

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left Parliament Speaker Salim al – Jubouri, the parliament hall after being accused of corruption files by Defense Minister Khaled al – Obeidi in the last interrogation session.
He stressed Jubouri not return to sessions before proving his innocence of the charges against him, “adding ,” I will not ascended the platform Parliament again if it does not prove my innocence of the judiciary and theintegrity and I will prove it. ”
The Defense Minister Khaled al – Obeidi, said in his interrogation session today that House Speaker Salim Jubouri was involved trying to pass the arming of decades of corrupt with deputies and other officials.

Urgent Jubouri: I will not ascended the platform chairman of the parliament only after that proved my innocence by the judiciary

 

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{Baghdad} Euphrates News announced Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri, during the questioning of Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, a session that he would not ascend the platform chairman of the parliament only after that proved my innocence by Alqdhae..itba

Legal expert: can not Jabouri management of meetings after being accused of corruption

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legal expert, said he “could not be said after Parliament Speaker Salim al parliamentary sessions administration after accusations files of a major corruption.”
He said Tariq Harb told all of Iraq [where] he “can not be the President of the Parliament and MPs accused ofcorruption to vote in the sessions after being accused of corruption , although the constitution and rules ofprocedure of the parliament did not address such condition, but when the senior official , such as the parliament speaker accuses accusing dangerous and large is not simple he step aside and not headed byparliament pending the results of the investigation posed by the Prime Minister. ”
He called the war” Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi exercise his authority under Article 78 of the Constitution as responsible for the state , including the parliament and the formation of an investigative committee from him and not from parliament because the accusations are attached to MPs only, but also includes officials, businessmen and others. ”
the defense Minister Khaled al – Obeidi, said in his interrogation session today that House Speaker Salim al -Jubouri and deputies involved trying to pass arming corrupt contracts with deputies and other officials.

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