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  1. Iraqi Court Issues Sentences to Officials Involved in Corruption Print Email Basnews English 23/08/2017 - 23:15 Iraq ERBIL — Iraqi court has issued 26 prison sentences to high-ranking Iraqi officials in a push to eliminate corruption and fraud in the country. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, announced on his Twitter account that his government has taken crucial steps to stop corruption in the country, and has already arrested and sentenced a number of former and current Iraqi officials. The sentences reportedly range from six to fifteen years, Iraqi News reported. Among the sentenced officials is the Director of Transparency and Corruption Prevention in the Integrity Commission, Abdel Ilah Khadim al-Aboodi, who was given a 15-years sentence. Also Bruska Noori Aweys, former Defense Ministry Secretary General, sentenced to 14 years in prison. Former Defense Minister, Hazim al-Shalan, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Mohsin Shlash, former Minister of Electricity, sentenced to 7 years in jail. The General Manager of the Department of Finance, Abdel Amor Baker Khathim, was also among the people, who received a sentence of 15 years. The previous minister of agriculture, Sawsan Al Sharifi, was also convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison, while former transport director general Faisal Naji Malo was jailed for 7 years. Baghdad launched a series of investigations into alleged corruption schemes within the Iraqi government, after Iraq was ranked 166th out of 176 countries in the Transparency International's Corruption Index.
  2. Maliki still spearheading rampant corruption, destruction in Iraq August 20 2017 05:15 PM Nouri al-Maliki Any hope of a unified Iraq enjoying stability and security has faded due to the corruption and sectarian polarization spreading in the country as one of the legacies of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. During Maliki's eight-year term, ISIS seized large swathes of Iraq. Moreover, Iran's clout began to increase in the country, dominating military, economic and political sectors. Even after he was forced out of power, devastation and corruption are still rampant. According to economic researcher Hedab Faleh al-Kubaisi, Maliki has established a state of economic ruin. Recurrent setbacks Hadeb said that during Maliki's eight years in power, Iraq has seen recurrent setbacks, making it go back 200 years in time. In June, it was reported that Maliki allocated billions of dollars for buying weapons, but nothing was bought. It also turned out that under Maliki, the government has bought some of these weapons at prices higher than they deserve. Moreover, some of the weapons were worn out or used in WWII. The widespread corruption has led to the Iraqi Army's defeat and fall of Mosul in ISIS grip in 2014. Mosul's fall What is surprising is that in just a matter of days ISIS has defeated Iraq’s US-trained security forces, which count more than 1 million personnel in their ranks and have received close to $100 billion in funding since 2006, in Mosul. Analysts said that during Maliki's tenure, the security sector, which had an annual budget greater than the budgets for education, health, and the environment combined, was subject to minimal oversight. They noted that soldiers were enrolled and paid monthly salaries without reporting for duty. Overpriced and faulty equipment was procured using the laxest standards. Corruption and hunger for power distracted Maliki from emerging crises — like the rise of ISIS — and laid the groundwork for what is now taking place, they added. Trial demands As a result, many politicians have demanded Maliki's trial over Mosul's fall. In 2015, an Iraqi parliamentary panel called for the former prime minister and dozens of other top officials to stand trial over the fall of the city to ISIS three years ago. In June 2017, the parliamentary legal committee requested the attorney general to reopen the issue of Mosul's fall in ISIS' grip, a move that will lead to the trial of Iraqi officials, including Maliki. In addition to this, Maliki has run a sectarian government during eight years in power that alienated Sunnis. Sunnis look to Maliki’s period as their worst ever, during which they were hugely persecuted and suffered bloody crackdowns, observers said. Observers noted that under Maliki, Iraq witnessed political decline culminating in Mosul's fall in ISIS' grip with the terrorist group occupying nearly third of the country's territories. What is even worse is that Iraq also has seen an economic decline under the former prime minister, they added. Corruption, siphoning off funds Under Maliki, $500 bn of Iraq's public funds have been plundered and siphoned off, al-Kubaisi said. She also noted that $10 bn has been spent on illusory projects. Maliki has undermined the agricultural, industrial and trade sectors in Iraq, she added. According to observers, as Maliki continues to cause devastation in Iraq, the only way to stop his satanic actions is to either arrest or expel him from the country. As long as the former prime minister is in Iraq and exercised power behind the scenes, bloodshed, sectarianism and terrorist militias will remain in the country, they noted. Maliki is not an individual, but he is a fully-fledged political institution, which its corruption is deeply rooted in all sectors of Iraq, they further stated. Many analysts have raised these questions: Why was Maliki behind the deteriorating political, economic and security situation in Iraq? Why did he lead the destruction that was not even caused under the reign of Mongols and Persians in Iraq? Who is using Maliki as a puppet to divide the country? However, many of answers remain unknown.
  3. If they have all of these charges, he needs to be arrested, put in jail, and tried before he can escape to Iran.
  4. Latest Full IMF Report

    Is that faint sound the fat lady singing?
  5. New CBI Announcement 08/09/2017

    Your are raising the value of the Dinar how much?
  6. The only way they are going to stop the corruption, arrest them.....NOW! Send the message!
  7. Soooo, when does Maliki get thrown into jail and his movable and immovable property gets taken away?
  8. Many opinions, and they are at least trying to talk this through. Hopefully they come to a solution that we like, maybe 1 to 1?
  9. Maliki talks about Sadr II

    WOW, this turkey needs to be roasted and disappear from the earth.
  10. Come on Abadi,, not only tell it as it is, but arrest the villain that caused it all, Maliki. The only way you are really going to save Iraq is to arrest Maliki, take back his money and property, then go after his minions to do the same.
  11. Maliki Inducing Political Blocs, MPs to Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum Print Email Basnews English 19/07/2017 - 14:08 Iraq ERBIL — Iraqi Shi’ite politician and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is using certain parliamentary blocs against Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum, said a Kurdish lawmaker. Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, Faris Brifkani, also revealed that Maliki has promised the political blocs and several MPs financial privileges and future senior positions for their battle against the referendum process. He believes that the campaign is, for now, focused on Kirkuk as its governor — a Kurd — is becoming under fierce illegitimate criticisms from certain parties. According to Brifkani, Maliki has also ordered the media channels close to his agenda to launch a campaign and provoke possible issues related to the Arab population of Kirkuk province. However, the Kurdish lawmaker insists that such a move will remain fruitless for Maliki as the Kurds have made it clear that there is no turning back on their decision to hold the referendum on time. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani announced on 7th June that the independence referendum will take place on 25th September this year to allow the people decide on their future: to stay within Iraq or establish a country of their own.
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