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Iraqi Integrity: Control of corruption cases exceeding 400 billion dinars in November

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12-11-2019 01:14 PM
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Baghdad / News

The Commission on Integrity disclosed its procedures regarding the exploitation of the funds allocated for the stabilization and reconstruction of districts, cities and areas free from terrorism, contrary to the instructions in the province of Kirkuk.

In its statement, Al-Akhbariya received a copy, in its talk on the subject, to "exploit a large amount of those amounts allocated for the reconstruction and stabilization of hospitality banking," indicating that "this was a violation of the instructions to implement the federal public budget for 2018" .

The Chamber confirmed that "the preliminary investigations and hearing the witnesses' statements concluded that the disbursement of the amounts was contrary to the instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance," pointing out that "the main defendant in the case, the current governor of Kirkuk is financially guaranteed, and that the judge of the Court of Investigation of Kirkuk issued an arrest warrant in accordance with the provisions of Article 340. (6) defendants are the secretary of the governor and the director of his office, as well as the directors of the audit, accounting and contracts departments in the governorate and the heads of the first and second procurement committees.

She added that "the judge decided to arrest the accused and move to the building of the province of Kirkuk - the accounts section to bring the documents of the disbursement of the amounts of hospitality, and approach the Human Resources Section in the province and the Directorate of Electricity Distribution; ".

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Date: 2019/11/13 13:39 • 76 times read
The judiciary of integrity announces the issuance of 377 decisions against officials with advanced degrees
(Baghdad: Euphrates News) An official statistics of the Supreme Judicial Council on the issuance of competent courts of integrity (377) a decision of various judgments against officials with advanced degrees, pointing out that there are (83) arrest warrant and recruitment of other officials currently.
The statistics according to a statement issued by the judiciary received (Euphrates News) a copy of it, that "the courts in all appeals confirmed issued since 2003 and so far (377) decisions on cases relating to advanced functional grades include {Member of the House of Representatives and Minister and Deputy Minister and Chairman of the Council "Member of the Provincial Council, Governor, Director General."
He pointed out that "the total unresolved cases reached (627)", and the total warrants of arrest and recruitment reached (83) unimplemented. "
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Integrity brings in a former minister, governor, and current members of the Maysan Council

 
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The Integrity Commission issued recruiting orders against a number of current members of the Maysan Provincial Council, based on the provisions of Article (340) of the Iraqi Penal Code, and the Court of Integrity in Salah al-Din issued recruiting orders against the former Minister of Science and Technology and the former governor of Salah al-Din to investigate suspicions of corruption, While the Commission was able to control the mastermind of a large number of fraud in the retirement of Diwaniya, revealed the integrity of the procedures to exploit the amounts allocated to restore the stability and reconstruction of districts and cities and areas free of terrorism contrary to instructions in the province of Kirkuk.

According to statements to the Commission, received «morning», «the Court of Inquiry Salah al-Din specialized in integrity issues issued an order against the former Minister of Science and Technology based on the provisions of Article 331 of the Iraqi Penal Code».

He added that «the court issued another recruiting order against the former governor of Salah al-Din in accordance with the provisions of the same article», pointing out that «other orders affected Qaimqamam Samarra and six employees».
The Commission, in a second statement, to the issuance of orders against three members of the current Maysan provincial council; because they act unlawfully in the funds of the Committee to maximize the imports of which they are members, as well as their disposal of funds received from donations and without obtaining the fundamental approvals from the Ministry of Finance .
Speaking about the process of seizing the mastermind of a large number of fraud in the retirement department of Diwaniya carried out by a team from the divisions of investigation and judicial control and investigation in the Office of the investigation of the province, the Commission said that «the accused arrested is the mastermind of the fraud, which lasted longer 
Of 120 pension transactions ».
The court added that «the defendant was arrested when reviewing the Department and in possession of false documents after the issuance of an arrest warrant against him in accordance with the provisions of Article (289) of the Penal Code», noting that «a record of the seizure of fundamentalist seizures, and presented with the accused to the competent judge; to take legal action Occasion". 
As for its procedures regarding the exploitation of the amounts allocated for the stabilization and reconstruction of districts and cities and areas free from terrorism contrary to the instructions in the province of Kirkuk, the Integrity Commission revealed that «the Investigation Department in the Commission pointed to the exploitation of large amounts of those amounts allocated for the reconstruction and stability of hospitality expenses», noting that « This is a violation of the instructions to implement the federal public budget 
For the year 2018 ». 
The Commission confirmed, according to the statement, that «the preliminary investigations and hearing the witnesses' statements concluded that the disbursement of the amounts came contrary to the instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance», pointing out that «the main defendant in the case of the current governor of Kirkuk financially guaranteed, and that the judge of the Court of Investigation of Kirkuk issued an arrest warrant according to The provisions of Article (340) of the Penal Code against (6) defendants are both the Secretary of the Governor and the Director of his office, in addition to the directors of the audit, accounts and contracts in the province and the heads of the first and second procurement committees ». 
The statement added that «the judge decided to arrest the two accused and move to the building of the province of Kirkuk - Accounts Section to bring documents to disburse the amounts of hospitality, and approach the Human Resources Section in the province and the Directorate of Electricity Distribution, to indicate the legal status of three relatives of the governor, whether they are employees of permanent owners Or not ».
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Iraqi judiciary issues arrest warrants for senior officials

Iraqi judiciary issues arrest warrants for senior officials
Presidency of the Court of Appeal of Saladin in Iraq
 14 November 2019 02:39 PM

Riyadh - Mubasher: The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council issued orders on Thursday to arrest large heads accused of corruption.

The Supreme Judicial Council, in a statement, that the vote was to lift the immunity of deputies accused of corruption cases, according to the Iraqi news agency "conscious".

The Supreme Judicial Council added that legal proceedings have been taken against the defendants.

In its statement, the Council stressed the right of peaceful demonstration and the need to respond to the demands, in the form of investigative bodies in the provinces where protests broke out to investigate the events that accompanied them, and in a record time set up a central anti-corruption court dealing with what he called "major cases."

The official statistics of the Supreme Judicial Council, today, on the numbers of those released from the events of the demonstrations .

The statistics confirmed, according to data from the courts of appeal, that the number of released demonstrators in all courts of the country amounted to 1.65 thousand who did not commit the crime of assaulting public or private funds.

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Bayrakdar: Vote to lift the immunity of current deputies gave the judiciary by issuing arrest warrants against large heads

By Ali 14/11/2019 01:29 PM | Number Of Hits: 1650

 
Bayrakdar: Vote to lift the immunity of current deputies gave the judiciary by issuing arrest warrants against large heads

Ahd News - Baghdad

The vote to lift the immunity of deputies accused of corruption cases, the hands of the judiciary in taking legal action against them, and this began after the Supreme Judicial Council addressed the courts in the country to implement arrest warrants and recruiting against the defendants, especially those who enjoyed immunity.

On the eve of the beginning of popular demonstrations at the beginning of last October, the Supreme Judicial Council stressed the right of peaceful demonstration and the need to respond to demands, while forming investigative bodies in the provinces where protests broke out to investigate the events that accompanied them, and in a record time a central anti-corruption court Including what he called "big issues."

The Council's spokesman Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar said in a statement seen by "Al-Ahd News" on Thursday, "The Council issued a circular to all courts to implement the procedures of investigation with the deputies wanted for crimes of financial and administrative corruption without the need to approach it in order to approach the House of Representatives after the latter voted On lifting the immunity of the wanted deputies, "pointing to" emphasize the executive bodies direct implementation of arrest warrants or recruitment. "

Bayrakdar added that "the Supreme Judicial Council formed in a previous step the Central Anti-Corruption Court to deal with major corruption cases and entrusted them with specialized judges and experts in these cases," pointing to "instructing them to take extraordinary measures to issue arrest warrants against the defendants within their jurisdiction and prevent Their travel and instructing the executiveThe Soul.

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Bayrakdar said that "the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Judge Faiq Zidan, instructed the Central Anti-Corruption Court, also in coordination with the special investigation team in the Commission on Integrity and the Office of Financial Supervision , "Stressing" legal action against offenders. "

Asked whether officials were being investigated recently, Bayrakdar said, "these measures have contributed to the accountability of accused officials who have occupied important positions, including former ministers and members of the House of Representatives. A: No

He pointed to "the issuance of many arrest and recruitment orders against governors and members of the provincial council, inspectors and general managers in Baghdad and the provinces."

Investigative bodies

Regarding the judicial procedures in the events that accompanied the demonstrations, Bayrakdar added that "the judiciary formed investigative bodies that started their work in the governorates where the demonstrations took place," pointing to "investigating incidents of martyrdom and injury of demonstrators and security forces and attacks on the media, as well as the need to distinguish between Demonstrators and vandals who attack public property and property of citizens. "

Bayrakdar called on "the plaintiffs' personal right to the martyrs and the injured and the affected media to review these bodies, each according to his province and in the case of recording previous intelligence of these incidents to the courts registered with the judicial investigative bodies according to the spatial jurisdiction of the incident to complete the investigation."

Refunds

In addition, an official statistic of the Supreme Judicial Council on the restoration of integrity courts in the amounts of very large after 2003 and until the beginning of last October of this year.

The statistics pointed out that the total amount recovered by the courts competent to deal with integrity cases amounted to more than 752 billion and 22 million dinars and 37 thousand dollars.

"The country's criminal courts have recovered more than three hundred and eighteen billion (318,051,491,663)," the survey said. With integrity in the country it recovered more than three hundred and seventy-nine billion (379,658,713,837).

She confirmed that "the total amount of recoveries amounted to (752,110,700,269), in addition to funds worth the dollar of (37,702).

The statistics pointed out that "the Maysan criminal court alone recorded the recovery of more than 214 billion, while the court investigated Hilla recovered more than 108 billion dinars and recovered the court of Karbala 203 billion during this period."

http://alahadnews.net/index.php/permalink/188084.html

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Date: 2019/11/14 17:04  24 times read
Abdul Mahdi discusses with parliamentary integrity file termination agencies
(Baghdad: Euphrates News) Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi discussed, with parliamentary integrity file termination agencies.
This came during a meeting on Thursday with the chairman and members of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee.
"During the meeting, they discussed the role played by the Commission for Integrity and Cooperation in the fight against corruption and the preservation of public funds and the implementation of reform decisions and measures, as well as the issue of termination of agencies," a statement from his office said.
According to the statement, the committee confirmed "its support for the government's efforts to combat corruption and dismantle its system and expose the corrupt."
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11 hours ago, Butifldrm said:

She confirmed that "the total amount of recoveries amounted to (752,110,700,269), in addition to funds worth the dollar of (37,702
This amount is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the millions of dollars reported stolen in the past by Maliki and his ilk. 

11 hours ago, Butifldrm said:

He pointed to "the issuance of many arrest and recruitment orders against governors and members of the provincial council, inspectors and general managers in Baghdad and the provinces."

Until they arrest Maliki and his cronies then imo, they are just gathering crumbs to appease the protesters. That’s the way I see it anyway. 🙄

 

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New corruption deal .. Import "sweet acid" worth 28 million dollars
 

Iraq has imported sweet candies for $ 28 million in an operation designed to smuggle hard currency out of Iraq and continue money laundering, a government source said.

The source said a press statement followed by the "independent" on Saturday, "The procedures of auction currency in the Iraqi market caused the loss of Iraq more than 5 trillion dinars from the beginning of the year and until now."

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "The government should deduct taxes on imported goods through the dollar in the central bank in advance."

 

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, that "Iraq imported 28 million dollars sweet acid during the past year, while that amount enables Iraq to import factories full sweets and operating hands unemployed / amounts spent a huge amount of smuggling and money laundering."

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16-11-2019 11:00 AM
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Baghdad / News

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq imported sweet sweets for 28 million dollars in money laundering, a government source said on Saturday.

The source told the "news", that "the procedures of auction currency in the Iraqi market caused the loss of Iraq 5 trillion dinars from the beginning of the year and until now."

He explained that "the government must deduct taxes on goods imported through the dollar in the central bank in advance."

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, that "Iraq imported $ 28 million sweet acid through the auction of currency in the Iraqi Central Bank during the past year, while that amount enables Iraq to import factories full sweets and operating hands unemployed / amounts spent a huge amount It is evasion and money laundering. "

 

 

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17-11-2019 01:28 PM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A halt to the dollar's sale at the central bank has prevented large fake funds from reaching Iran, an informed source said on Sunday.

"The central bank is wasting money that can build 200 schools and 50 hospitals each year because of the currency auction," the source told Al-Ikhbaria.

"The currency auction gives fake commercial agencies millions of dollars a day without any restriction," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that "stop selling the dollar in the Central Bank in the past days because of demonstrations and new measures prevent the arrival of large fake commercial funds to Iran through its intermediaries."

 
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18 minutes ago, yota691 said:

stop selling the dollar in the Central Bank in the past days because of demonstrations and new measures

Is this good news???

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Date: 2019/11/17 15:30  96 times read
Integrity: We are surprised to include the names of our staff in the media
The Commission on Integrity, on Sunday, expressed surprise at the inclusion of explicit names of its staff in media debates without its knowledge, stressing that it did not and will not be subject to pressure from any party, and that its investigative work is clear, transparent and clear, and is under the supervision of the judiciary.
The Commission said in a statement received (Euphrates News), it "cautions that it, from the outset, disclosed its actions on major issues directly affecting public opinion, including what is known as the case of (Yona Oil), and issued several statements relating to the issues and results The investigative team that took the task of investigating it, and did not hide any information permitted by law, has announced the bodies that investigated with it or listened to its statements, as well as decisions issued by the judiciary on the case, and are in continuous contact with the media; informations Bahaa law it. "
She added that it "calls on the necessity of taking into account the considerations and determinants of the institutions of supervision work and independence, especially the confidentiality of the investigation according to the rule that the accused is innocent until proven guilty" and this is maintained by the Commission and will work to adhere to it, based on the provisions of the law, Political and media clashes, and not to put the explicit names of its staff in the body. "
It called on the Commission to "support its noble national mission, not to put obstacles in front of its unremitting efforts and efforts to combat corruption, and to attempt to distort the image of national regulatory agencies, especially in the current circumstances of the country, which requires the concerted efforts to achieve the goals and demands of the people in exposing "He tries to cover up their actions through confusion, questioning their professionalism and throwing them into quarrels and debates that keep them away from their work."
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by vBulletin® by Ali EjamIraq News , Economy3 Days ago

Iraq Today published the following report:

In the late days of Haider al-Abadi's government, corrupt or suspicious parties concluded to transfer a suspicious agreement with a Chinese company called Zinhao for the purpose of selling Iraqi oil in exchange for these parties getting commissions from this company. This suspicious agreement was canceled.

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Now, as the popular protest continues, and the papers are mixed together, a number of influential people are using this atmosphere to revive and even sign this suspicious agreement again.Private information indicates that the Director General of SOMO and with the blessing of the Minister of Oil was able to restore a suspicious agreement with this suspicious company. It will be borrowed by 10 billion US dollars, reimbursed by 200 thousand barrels of oil a day, and strange that this new contract has been a formality change only, while the previous contract provides for the delivery of oil to Iraq to this company and then receive money for these shares after Placed in private banks, it became in the new contract, received before handing over, and it seems that the "group" arranged irrevocably, so that they will receive ten billion US dollars in advance, so they commit the Iraqi state to complete the paragraphs of the suspicious contract despite the noses of everyone.

Here, some general managers in the Ministry of Oil recall, repeated statements made by the Director of SOMO Alaa Al-Yasiri in almost every meeting (operations) in the Ministry of Oil, announcing the presence of four billion US dollars at the Commercial Bank of Iraq, and any company can Benefit from these funds with a simple interest paid to this bank, has pledged Yasiri to implement this offer and provide assistance to the companies of the ministry, as - Alaa Al-Yasiri - Vice President of the Commercial Bank of Iraq! Indeed, Nassiriyah Oil Company had benefited from the offer of Yasiri at the time, and already obtained a financial loan exceeded $ 100 million, with a low interest rate.

We wanted to ask and say: Why did the director of SOMO Alaa Al-Yasiri borrow from the Iraqi Najjar Bank the four billions available in the treasury of the bank where he himself is the vice president, if the ministry really needs such an amount, without going to borrow from Chinese company Zenhao, without putting the neck of Iraq in the hands of this company known corruption, bribery and extortion, especially since this contract was canceled by the previous government, after being met by a large parliamentary campaign and media because of suspicions of corruption that surrounded him from the ground up ?!

The answer is clear, in our opinion, does not require an explanation from the Minister of Oil Thamer Ghadhban, or from the spoiled girl Alaa Al-Basri! Perhaps the most serious in the matter, that a non-sovereign or a competent financial, such as (SOMO), is borrowing from a third party, which is of course not authorized by law, and in the absence of the Ministry of Finance, and the lack of knowledge of the House of Representatives, and the development of financial oversight, and the integrity of the Integrity Commission And, most important of all, is: what will benefit Iraq from such a contract, and what is the absolute necessity to sign contracts with such haste and confidentiality.

Then, who authorized Alaa al-Yasiri to sign huge financial contracts that pledge the national economy to foreign companies? Is it his job to borrow money from countries and institutions, and if this is his job, what is the job and function of the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance, which we spend billions of dollars annually. It is a legitimate appeal to these parties and to the deputies in the parliamentary committees of energy and finance for the purpose of clarifying their position on this contract, and what are the benefits envisaged from it, and how it will reflect on the deteriorating Iraqi economy because of this chaos that strikes Tnabh!

* Our site cannot confirm the information and accusations contained in the report.

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Iraqi Integrity issues recruitment orders against a former minister and senior officials

Iraqi Integrity issues recruitment orders against a former minister and senior officials
Presidency of the Court of Appeal of Saladin in Iraq
 17 November 2019 02:43 PM

Direct: The Iraqi Integrity Commission, on Sunday, a number of recruiting orders against senior state officials and a former minister accused of corruption.

According to a statement issued by the Commission on Integrity, today, an order was issued to the former Minister of Science and Technology ;

According to the investigation department at the Commission, the court issued an order against the former Minister of Science and Technology, in addition to the mayor of Samarra district, for not settling an advance of 61 billion dinars, allocated as compensation to the judicial Samarra and Chinese, referred to in the report of the Federal Bureau of Financial Supervision .

The Department added that the decision to recruit in the case investigated by the Commission and referred to the judiciary was issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 331 of the Iraqi Penal Code .

In a separate statement, the Commission revealed the issuance of recruitment orders against a number of senior officials in the province of Najaf ; indicating that the orders were issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 340 of the Iraqi Penal Code.

The Investigations Department explained that the Investigative Court in charge of Integrity Cases in Najaf Province issued recruiting orders against the defendants, the former chairman of the provincial council, the chairman of the reconstruction authority and the governor's adviser, in addition to a former member of the Investment Board to hold them accountable in the case related to granting investment license No. 1 for the year 2008) issued by the Commission to invest the province of an Arab company for 5 years to establish the airport in Najaf, contrary to the law .

The court added that the court issued an order against the deputy chairman of the provincial council in the case of the Council to open financial accounts without the approval of the Ministry of Finance, pointing out that these accounts related to the amounts obtained through the sale of residential plots, in addition to the province's share of visitors fees and revenues garage Najaf .

In another statement, the Commission said it was a judicial decision to arrest a member of the Babil Provincial Council and an order to bring the former Inspector General of the Ministry of Health , based on the provisions of Article 340 of the Iraqi Penal Code .

The Department of Investigations, that the court investigating the competent issues of integrity in Babylon issued a decision to arrest a member of the provincial council, explaining that the decision was issued; because of irregularities marred the process of establishing a gas station Shomali .

The Department, the issuance of an order against the Inspector General of the former Ministry of Health; indicating that the recruitment came against the background of irregularities in the contract to establish a hospital with a capacity of 400 beds in the province of Babylon .

The Department added that the arrest and recruitment decisions in the two cases investigated by the Commission and referred them to the judiciary in accordance with the provisions of Article 340 of the Iraqi Penal Code.

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US punitive measures against Iraqi figures «involved» this matter ..

2019-11-17

Monitor - Solution Iraq

The United States threatened on Sunday to take legal action against personalities involved in corruption and theft of funds of the Iraqi people, stressing that changing the constitution is a private Iraqi matter.

The US Undersecretary of State # Joy_Hud : The «coming months will see the United States take action against the corrupt who stole the money of the Iraqi people».

"Iraqis want an end to rampant corruption," Hood said.

Hood said in press statements that «armed groups must be subject to the law, and that America is not satisfied with the presence of armed groups outside the framework of the state», declaring his country's support «views of the reference in the comprehensive reform in Iraq».

He said: «We are the most state to help Iraq financially, as well as helping the security forces in the liquidation of terrorist elements, and the people want to change the Constitution and the law # elections and # Electoral Commission and the government can not be unresponsive».

The Undersecretary of State revealed that "the coming months will see the United States take action against the corrupt who stole the money of the Iraqi people," pointing out that "corrupt parties must end # # corruption , and move towards real reforms."

For the second month in a row, a wave of popular protests calling for public reforms such as providing services, securing job opportunities and fighting rampant corruption in the joints of the Iraqi state, turned after the use of excessive violence to demand the resignation of the government and dissolve the House of Representatives, resulting in the death of 320 people, injuring Around 15,000 others have been wounded, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq .

https://iraq.7al.net/2019/11/17/إجراءات-أمريكية-عقابية-ضد-شخصيات-عراق/

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16 hours ago, yota691 said:
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Baghdad / News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A halt to the dollar's sale at the central bank has prevented large fake funds from reaching Iran, an informed source said on Sunday.

"The central bank is wasting money that can build 200 schools and 50 hospitals each year because of the currency auction," the source told Al-Ikhbaria.

"The currency auction gives fake commercial agencies millions of dollars a day without any restriction," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that "stop selling the dollar in the Central Bank in the past days because of demonstrations and new measures prevent the arrival of large fake commercial funds to Iran through its intermediaries."

 

does this mean auctions have ended???

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10 minutes ago, screwball said:

does this mean auctions have ended???

Sounds like it to me!! I guess when they post the auction results today or tomorrow we should be able to tell.

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Tehran effectively has free rein across key institutions of state, leaked documents show

 

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

Mon 18 Nov 2019 10.48 GMT

 

 

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Gen Qassem Suleimani has been a prominent figure in Iraqi affairs for at least the past decade and features heavily in the cables
Photograph: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/AP
 
 

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2019/11/18 11:01
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The arrest warrant and prevent travel and seizure of funds against MP Talal Zobaie .. Corruption and abuse of office

BAGHDAD / The obelisk: The Court of Inquiry on Karkh on integrity issues, on Monday, an arrest warrant with a travel ban and withholding the funds of a member of the House of Representatives.

The Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement that "the Karkh Investigation Court specialized in integrity issues issued an arrest warrant for MP Talal Zobaie with the prohibition of travel and seizure of movable and immovable property."
 
"The arrest warrant was issued based on the provisions of Article 308 of the Penal Code," he added.
According to sources, the charges against Zobaie are corruption and abuse of office?

http://almasalah.com/ar/news/182364/أمر-قبض-ومنع-سفر-وحجز-أموال-بحق-النائب-طلال-الزوبعي-فساد-واستغلال-منصب

 

 

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Issuing an arrest warrant and preventing the travel of a member of the House of Representatives

 

 2019/11/18 02:46:06

 

The Karkh Investigation Court, which is concerned with integrity issues, issued an arrest warrant with a travel ban and withholding the funds of a member of the House of Representatives.

The Media Center of the Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement that "the Karkh Investigation Court specialized in integrity issues issued an arrest warrant for MP Talal al-Zobaie with the prohibition of travel and seizure of movable and immovable property," pointing out that "the arrest warrant was issued in accordance with the provisions of Article 308 of the Penal Code."

Since the start of the protests last October in Iraq, the judiciary, the Integrity Commission has issued scores of applications and a warrant for the arrest of government and local officials and members of the Iraqi parliament in a move described by observers as an attempt to absorb the anger of the street about the decline of services and the deterioration of the living situation and the spread of unemployment, and the spread of corruption in institutions And state departments.

https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/صدور-أمر-قبض-ومنع-سفر-أحد-أعضاء-مجلس-النواب/

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18-11-2019 10:50 AM
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York Times on Monday unveiled hundreds of leaked documents shedding light on what it called a "shadow war" on regional influence and battles inside Iran's spy departments.

The documents showed how Iran interfered in Iraqi affairs and the prominent role of General Qasim Soleimani, commander of the "Qods Force" in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who visited Iraq in order to persuade the prime minister through a parliamentary ally, to stick to his position and not to respond to the demonstrators.

 
 

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The New York Times on Monday unveiled hundreds of leaked documents shedding light on what it called a "shadow war" on regional influence and battles inside Iran's spy departments.

The documents showed how Iran interfered in Iraqi affairs and the prominent role of General Qasim Soleimani, commander of the "Qods Force" in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who visited Iraq in order to persuade the prime minister through a parliamentary ally, to stick to his position and not to respond to the demonstrators.

This is not the first time that Iran has sent Qassem Soleimani to Baghdad to control the damage.

According to the "New York Times", the leaked documents show the extent of Tehran's tremendous influence in Iraq and the role of what it called "Iranian spies" in the selection of the country's leaders in Iraq.

The Iranian documents provide a detailed picture of how Tehran is working hard to integrate itself into Iraqi affairs and the unique role of General Qasem Soleimani, according to the American newspaper.

The newspaper pointed out that the leaked documents obtained with the site "The Intercept" American, and contained in the archive of secret Iranian intelligence agents.

The documents showed that "the top adviser to the former Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jubouri (did not name) very close to the Iranian intelligence," noting that "Iran has obtained infrastructure contracts in southern Iraq after paying a bribe to a member of parliament worth $ 16 million."

"Tehran has recruited a former American intelligence agent in Iraq," she said, noting that "the relationship between Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard since he was in exile."

She pointed out that "one of the Iranian intelligence reports indicate that the Iraqi Oil Minister in 2014 Adel Abdul Mahdi" has a special relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran "

She stressed that "former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is the favorite Iraqi figure of Iran," and also stressed that "Iranian intelligence has great influence in the cities of southern Iraq."

"The archive obtained by the newspaper includes Iranian intelligence reports written in 2014 and 2015 by Iranian intelligence officers working in Iraq," the newspaper said.

It also confirmed that "one Iranian intelligence report says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi" has a close relationship "with Iran.

The newspaper added that "Iranian intelligence reports show that Tehran's goal is to keep Iraq from failing, stop the growth of Sunni militancy on the border with Iran, stop any civil war that makes Shiites victims and prevent the independence of Kurdistan, which destabilizes the region while keeping Iraq a dependent state."

"Iran has appealed to most CIA agents left behind by Washington in 2011 who feared retaliation and told Tehran everything they knew about CIA operations in Iraq," it said.

"The former CIA agents provided information to Tehran about the agency's secret locations, the names of hotels where the agency's foreign agents were staying, details of weapons, training and the names of Iraqis working for the agency," the newspaper said. Their families were expelled and most of their homes were destroyed by military forces and uprooted and burned palms so that they would not take shelter.

She pointed out that "Lieutenant General Hatem al-Maksousi, director of military intelligence carried a message through someone to an Iranian intelligence official in Karbala, telling him," We are at your service and everything they want available to them. "We are Shiites and we have one enemy," he said.

"The Iraqi intelligence official told his Iranian counterpart that the United States has provided Iraq with an advanced mobile phone eavesdropping program, which is managed by the prime minister's office," he said.

"In an interview with the newspaper, Hatem al-Maksousi denied the authenticity of his cooperation with Iran, but a US official said that when Washington became aware of the Iraqi intelligence official's relations with Iran, it had limited access to sensitive information."

"After the selection of Haider al-Abadi as prime minister, former Iranian ambassador Hassan Danny fled to an urgent meeting at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, but as the meeting progressed, I was reassured that Tehran had many of his ministers" in its pocket, "she said. American"

"The Iranian ambassador in Baghdad was reviewing the ministers of the government of Abadi and described both Abdul-Mahdi and Ibrahim al-Jaafari as having a special relationship with Iran," he said. Even though he is Sunni,

According to "intelligence documents, the Iranian Qasim Soleimani asked the Iraqi Minister of Communications Baqer Jabr al-Zubaidi during a meeting in Baghdad to agree to open Iraqi airspace to Iranian aircraft to transport weapons to Syria and found it impossible to reject the request, face to face in front of Soleimani."

"According to one document, Baqer Solagh told an Iranian intelligence official that Soleimani came to him and asked that Iranian planes be allowed to fly over Iraqi airspace to Syria and put Solagh on his eye and told him" out of my eyes "" after Soleimani rose up and kissed me on my forehead. "

She added that "one of the staff in the Office of the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim al-Jubouri was a source of Iranian intelligence named Source 134832" I am in his office on a daily basis and follow closely the details of his contacts with Iran, "and called on Tehran to get closer to Jubouri to ease relations with Washington, noting that" the details of the dialogues "The American-Iraqi behind closed doors was routinely arriving in Iran."

"One Iranian intelligence report shows that Barzani met with senior US and British officials and Haidar al-Abadi in Baghdad in 2014 and went directly and informed the Iranians of everything," it said.

"According to another Iranian intelligence report, the Iranian intelligence officer told Abadi that Sunnis are homeless and their cities are destroyed and their future is unclear, while the Shiites can regain their confidence and Baghdad and Tehran can benefit from this situation," Abadi said.

"Intelligence reports show that the IRGC used its assistance to Iraqi Kurds at the beginning of the war on ISIS to obtain oil and development contracts, while the southern guards were awarded contracts for a sewage system after paying a $ 16 million bribe," it said.

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      Shafaq News / The Integrity Commission disclosed all its procedures in arrest and recruitment orders issued during the month of last November against ministers and their ranks with special degrees, indicating that orders were issued against (226) accused of them.
      The Commission's investigations department indicated that orders were issued to bring in (9) ministers and their ranks, including two current ministers and five previous ones, in addition to two previous ministers, explaining that the orders also included (12) members of the House of Representatives, including (10) members in the current session, In addition to a current deputy minister, (3) former agents and (2) two precedents.
      She drew attention to the issuance of arrest and recruitment orders against an existing governor, (11) ex-governors, (118) members of the current governorate council, (26) former members and (11) former members, explaining the inclusion of (32) general managers of those orders, including ( 19) Currently Director-General in the Ministries of Oil, Electricity, Education, Health, and Industry and the Sunni Endowment Bureau, and (11) Former Director in the Council of Ministers, the Baghdad Municipality, the Ministries of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Health, Municipalities, Public Works, Transport, and Industry, in addition to two former general managers in the Ministries of Health and Transport.
      The department confirmed that the total number of arrest and recruitment orders issued against the accused amounted to (256) orders, including (221) recruitment orders and (35) arrest warrants, indicating the implementation of (51) orders, while (68) defendants were referred to another investigation court and the trial court or To other investigative agencies.
      https://www.shafaaq.com/ar/سیاسة/شملت-9-وزراء-و12-نائبا-و11-محافظا-النزاهة-تعلن-مجمل-اجراءاتها-خلال-شهر/
    • By yota691
      Integrity: Fact teams follow the movement of money senior government officials
      Political  Since 03.04.2017 at 13:00 (Baghdad time)
      Baghdad balances News
      Integrity Commission revealed on Saturday that the prevention of the Department of Investigation of the teams followed the movement of senior government officials and monitor the funds expected to bribery in some cases governmental institutions.
      She Prevention Department of the Authority in a statement received / balances News / copy of it, it was "carried out in one month (135) a visit to a group government and private banks and the board of the Securities and the General Directorate of Traffic and the Registrar of Companies and public body was for taxes and Baghdad Chamber of Commerce and the Iraqi market for securities to match the installed information the disclosure of financial accounts provided to them by government officials charged with the duty of disclosure forms for their financial interests, "indicating that" the number of taxpayers who have been research and investigation and matching their assets amounted to (500) is expensive. "
      The circle to "do its teams to (30) visit to government agencies included the office of the Inspector General in the Ministries of Education, Interior and directorates general of passports public statements in sub-Kadhimiya and Adhamiya national card and conditions of New Baghdad, Sadr City, in addition to the directorates of education Karkh first, second and third, and equipment Karkh and breeding Rusafa first, second and civil education and vocational education. "
      Circle Amnesty said it was "carried out the anti-bribery teams of the Department of Prevention during the same period (24) field visit included some of the ministries of health and finance departments, labor and social affairs."
      The Integrity Commission has launched a page on its official spokesman (I'm an inspector) and called on all citizens, who have evidence and proof and documents available have about the existence of inflation is normal in other resources than doubted he enters the door of graft or exploit the career office, to report it across the page ( I inspector) the requirement to be unsubstantiated and the evidence (as possible) and to be a far cry from attempts miscarriage personal and targeting hopes of whistleblower Ajtnabhma.
      It is noteworthy that the Commission had referred the seven files from senior officials last year to eliminate the pretext of inflated money and graft was the most prominent deputies of the three Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and water resources, as well as the Mayor of Baghdad and former director of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Office Alsabak.anthy 29 / D 24
    • By Luigi1
      Luigi asks...could Iraq greed & corruption weaken the IQD RV when it's our time to exchange?
      The In Country RV has been halted. Treat this article as a rumor. Not verified. Your opine.
       
       
      8-31-2017   Intel Guru RayRen98  An article surfaced indicating that PM Abadi was called on to "curb the depletion of hard currency" due to passport carriers of VISA's exchanging 1,200 dinar for $3,000 USD noting these are currency dealers, not basic travelers indicating in the loss of state funds. (Unless I'm misreading this article)  Let's see what tomorrow brings!
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