Parliament is called to convene on Saturday to vote on the new government
The Iraqi judiciary issued arrest warrants for 5 officials involved in the file of looted funds from the state treasury.
Amid news of the possibility of the stolen money rising to about 10 trillion Iraqi dinars, the issue of theft of tax and customs insurance funds, amounting to 3.7 trillion dinars (2.5 billion dollars), remained at the top of the list of concerns as the “theft of the century” in a country that has suffered, for nearly two decades, from looting operations. Organizer.
The Second Karkh Investigation Court, which is specialized in integrity issues, issued a decision to arrest the Director General of the General Tax Authority and his assistant, the supervisor of the financial and regulatory department, the undersecretary of the financial department, and the director of the financial department. It also issued arrest warrants against the owners of the companies involved, and placed a precautionary seizure on their accounts for which tax trusts were drawn up, in addition to forming a joint committee from the Ministry of Finance, the General Tax Authority, Rafidain Bank and the Integrity Commission, to audit the amounts. disbursed.
In turn, the Ministry of Finance confirmed, in a statement, the arrest of “some of those accused of these thefts.” The statement added that the theft carried out by 5 fake companies was carried out with the complicity of a large group of officials and employees of the “Tax Authority” and “Rafidain Bank”, with senior officials in the state and the House of Representatives.
In addition, the “Coalition of State Administration” in Baghdad announced yesterday, calling for parliament to convene on Saturday, in order to vote on the new government headed by Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani. The “state coalition”, which includes most of the Iraqi political forces except for the “Sadr movement”, said in a statement that it “held a meeting in which it dealt with the latest political developments, and the need to expedite the formation of the service government.”
In a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat, a well-informed political source ruled out the possibility that the government with its 22 portfolios would be ready on Saturday, “due to the continuing disagreements over some ministries (…) but 12 portfolios could be voted on, which is enough to give the government confidence.”