Iraq uses second international team to review contracts since 2003


Iraq uses second international team to review contracts since 2003

 Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah 

The second multinational multinational investigation team will begin work early next month to examine contracts and transactions of state institutions since 2003, in pursuit of financial waste caused by executives.

In this context, the Integrity Commission confirms that the government has neglected reports submitted by a former international team that was formally contracted.
But the committee reveals the issuance of arrest warrants and the introduction of 18 ministers or ministers of the rank of minister, 274 general managers and the rank, and 9 agents of ministers, and 5 governors, and the three heads of councils of former and current provinces and 60 members of the provincial council.
Prime Minister Haider Abadi recently announced the start of the implementation of a comprehensive plan aimed at fighting corruption through the activation of the Supreme Council to combat corruption, which he presides. He revealed the use of the government by international experts to hunt down the heads of corruption.
At the beginning of last February, Al-Mada revealed that an international team, assisted by 7 government, parliamentary and judicial committees, was working to recover the smuggled Iraqi funds by conducting surveys of all files related to the entry and exit of funds within two years.
The UN team has begun searching for Iraqi funds smuggled over the past years, in accordance with an agreement concluded by the Abadi government with the United Nations, committing all countries to cooperate with the Iraqi government to recover the smuggled money.
“The international team used by the government to fight corruption consists of 21 investigators from American, British and other countries,” said Talal al-Zobaie, head of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee. “The team aims to eliminate the rampant corruption in state institutions.”
“It is the task of the international team to give expertise to the oversight bodies and the offices of the public inspectors,” Zobaie told Al-Mada yesterday. “The international team will provide the Integrity Commission, the Financial Control Bureau, the Integrity Commission and the inspectors general with detailed reports on the investigations to be carried out in all institutions.”
“The work of the international team that arrived in Baghdad recently is complementary to the previous international experts, and is not much different.” “The new team focuses on helping Iraqi investigators and training them to develop their expertise while giving ratings to the performance of all state institutions,” he said.
The head of the Integrity Commission said that “the new UN team will begin its work early next December, and will include a comprehensive and complete review of all contracts and files of the Iraqi state from 2003 with the follow-up work of the regulatory bodies.”
And on the wanted lists, which are being traded recently, said Talal Zobaie, “will issue arrest warrants to prosecute some corrupt,” stressing that “the regulatory bodies have investigated the charges against those officials and proved to be deficient in many files.”
“There are 18 arrest warrants against a minister or those with the rank of minister,” Zobaie said. “There is another department with letters of recruitment, some of whom are still fleeing outside Iraq.” He pointed out that “there are arrest warrants against 274 general managers, 9 agents or the rank of deputy minister, and 5 governors, and 3 heads of councils of former and current provinces.”
Al-Mada revealed in September that the international team, in cooperation with a tripartite committee formed by the Supreme Judicial Council, the Integrity Commission and the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, and after reviewing 650 files of previous decades, the judiciary issued arrest warrants against five former and current governors, Previously and currently or those of the rank of Minister.
“There are more than sixty members of the provincial council with arrest warrants, adding to them a number of current deputies who held executive positions in the previous government,” the head of the Integrity Commission said, but declined to disclose the number of deputies or charges against them.
At the same time, MP Aqeel al-Zubaidi, member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee, that “the UN team came at the request of the government.” He pointed out that “the previous UN team provided the government detailed reports on the work of all ministries and monitor a lot of violations and financial and administrative breaches.”
But Zubaidi stressed in his interview with Al-Mada yesterday that “the reports of international investigators are not binding on the government,” pointing out that “the new international team will investigate the corruption of most of the ministries of the Iraqi state in previous years.”
“The government did not pay due attention to the reports of the previous international team, which was talking about wasting billions of dollars,” Zubaidi said.


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