Al-Kazemi’s advisor comments on a Shafak News report on “digital currencies” and warns against one of them
Adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister for Financial Affairs Mazhar Muhammad Salih revealed on Sunday that there are two types of “digital currencies” globally, referring to the “official” of one of them.
Shafak News Agency, through its report, published yesterday, Saturday, provided details of a new “digital currency” that entered the regions of western Iraq, the price of which reached more than 24,000 thousand US dollars, amid an unprecedented turnout of the population.
Saleh told Shafaq News Agency, “There are two types of digital currencies, one of which is called cryptocurrency,” noting that “it is a system outside the control of central banks and financial markets, and it is traded through its subscribers and founders, so that there is a commodity exchange and coverage of transactions outside the control of international financial supervision. “.
He added that these cryptocurrencies are considered “illegal, in some countries because of economic freedom, as some accept them and others reject them.”
He warned that “these currencies are closer to hierarchical companies that give big money, and then collapse after that because they do not have an economic basis, but rather are financial speculation,” explaining that “it is like a bubble and its risks are many.”
Regarding “official digital currencies”, Saleh stated, “The other world is heading to global digital currencies issued by global central banks, which are sought to be established by 3 global central banks, including the European Central Bank (the euro), the United States (the dollar) and China for its currency (the yuan).”
He pointed out that “these digital currencies are important because they will reduce the cost of transactions because the free cash in circulation has a problem such as movement and storage, and therefore this cash will be a number controlled by the central bank.”
He added, “This type of digital currency will have a high level of transparency, as the central bank will be able to know the dinar that comes out from where, and goes to where, meaning that it has the ability to monitor financial behavior up to a penny.”
He pointed out that “these digital currencies at the same time will lose the privacy of transactions with their secrets, which is a kind of domination and human control, which is the closest thing known to the globalization of the digital financial system.”
He stressed that “this globalization is considered dangerous because it will control not only companies, but even the individual, and it is part of the subjugation of the countries that deal in this currency, and the movements of people will all be known despite its transparency, but it is mandatory, as it is digital to preserve people’s rights, except It will be under financial supervision by central banks.”
Shafaq News Agency, earlier, investigated a “digital currency” that entered Anbar Governorate, western Iraq, and spread widely amid the people’s desire to invest in it, amid religious fatwas that declared its sanctity and warnings from specialists. link
After lifting immunity, former MPs leave Iraq
Media reports indicated that former MPs have left Iraq for some neighboring countries, Europe or America for fear of being prosecuted after the immunities were lifted. A deputy in the dissolved parliament.
A report by Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website, which was monitored by (Iraq Today), stated that “the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament on the seventh of this October resulted in the lifting of the parliamentary immunity guaranteed by the constitution for hundreds of deputies, whose results showed the last legislative elections that were held on October 10, losing more than From 70 percent of them to their seats, which means that the ministerial committee charged with prosecuting corruption files by the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, will be able to investigate any of them.
The government talk before the elections, invoking the reason for the immunity granted to many of these representatives, was that it was impossible to investigate them, and the Iraqi constitution grants parliamentary immunity to members of the House of Representatives that lasts throughout the duration of the parliamentary session, which amounts to four years, and the judiciary is not entitled, according to this immunity, to prosecute deputies during this period, with the exception of Crimes related to the flagrante delicto.
Officials in Baghdad spoke on more than one occasion about the presence of more than 40 deputies whose names were mentioned in financial corruption cases after investigating officials who were arrested, most notably the Director of Public Retirement Ahmed Al-Saadi, the director of the “Key Card” company (smart card), Bahaa Al-Maamouri, and the head of The solution party, former head of the Red Crescent Society, Jamal Karbouli.
A government official in Baghdad, who asked not to be named, revealed that there are judicial files against at least 12 deputies in the dissolved parliament, including confessions of current detainees on corruption charges, who said that they provided deputies with sums of money in exchange for facilitating investment work, and others to stop legal procedures against them. According to the source, a deputy is also involved in blackmailing an official in exchange for not raising files related to him that involve crimes against public money, stressing that the special committee to follow up on corruption files headed by General Ahmed Abu Ragheef is expected to initiate recruitment procedures and arrest a number of them soon. The official indicated that the demise of the immunity of members of the dissolved parliament will facilitate raising the files of some former MPs, whether in the Integrity Commission, or in the Commission to investigate corruption cases, indicating that the follow-up of this file will be carried out in coordination with the judicial authority, which will have the final say in that by accreditation. on the available evidence.
Other sources confirmed that some of the deputies raised about corruption charges and issues left Iraq after announcing the results of the elections and making sure that their names were not among the winners, and that some of them left through Baghdad airport to various destinations, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Turkey, and European countries, without being stopped. by the authorities.
Commenting on this, the independent candidate who won membership in the new parliament, Basem Khashan, explained that the end of the parliament’s immunity after the dissolution of parliament on October 7 gave the judiciary an opportunity to try members of the dissolved parliament, and currently there are fears that some of the accused may escape outside the country, and about the possibility of the parties’ defense And the powerful forces of former MPs accused of corruption, Khashan wondered: “We are waiting for the parties’ position on that, so will they stick to them?”
In turn, former parliament member Adnan Al-Danbous confirmed that “people who have rumors and corruption cases are currently leaving the country, unfortunately,” explaining, “only the judiciary can prevent the accused from traveling.”
Danbos pointed out that “immunity has been lifted from the former parliamentarians, and they are now subject to the laws in force, and any case can be submitted to the courts for resolution,” considering that public opinion “can be a pressing factor and an aid to taking legal measures against them,” noting that quotas ” It caused covering up many files related to MPs and former officials.”
Officials estimate the value of the money wasted due to corruption since the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 at hundreds of billions, including more than 300 billion dollars smuggled out of the country. The Commission for Investigation into Corruption and Major Crimes Issues, which Al-Kazemi formed, also arrested officials and politicians on corruption charges, some of whom were subjected to judicial rulings.
Al-Kazemi had formed at the end of August 2020, a higher committee, with wide powers, headed by Lieutenant-General Ahmed Abu Ragheef, to open corruption files, investigate officials, and put a special force affiliated with the Counter-Terrorism Service under the command of the committee, which succeeded in arresting a number of officials and politicians.
And last April, Iraqi officials confirmed that investigations conducted by the governmental Anti-Corruption Committee showed the involvement of a number of members of the dissolved parliament and former officials in huge corruption deals. However, the request to lift the immunity was not granted.
The former Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior, Jamal Al-Asadi, said that the work of this committee is limited to looking into and investigating the orders or complaints that Al-Kazemi refers to it, or specifically referred by the Integrity Commission, estimating in a press statement the number of corruption files currently before this committee, including Between 30 and 50 files.
Al-Asadi indicated, in the context, that there is close cooperation between the Anti-Corruption Committee and the Integrity Commission, in order to resolve major corruption files related to those with special degrees, political figures, and issues that require the approval of the Prime Minister, or the approval of the intelligence, security and control agencies in order to present them for investigation.
The US embassy is following the progress of the demonstrators towards the green and preparing for any emergency
On Saturday, a security source said that the US embassy in Baghdad is following up on the latest developments after the demonstrators protesting the election results advanced towards the Green Zone.
The source told Shafaq News Agency, “The US embassy is following up on the escalation that took place within the green approaches and is preparing in anticipation of any emergency.”
He added, “There is no friction, and the security situation is good when approaching Green.”
The source confirmed that “the situation is now good,” noting that “the protesters were stationed near the first line of the security forces within the Falaqa, the entrance to Al-Khadra (suspension bridge), and that there were no casualties on both sides.”
“With this, the place of the sit-in will be moved from the entrance to the Martyrs Foundation towards the Al-Mu’allaq Falak,” he added.
And a security source said earlier today, Saturday, that the protesters against the election results, who are camping in central Baghdad, advanced towards the heavily fortified Green Zone.
The source told Shafaq News Agency, that the protesters advanced towards the suspension bridge, which is one of the entrances to the Green Zone in central Baghdad, which includes the headquarters of the government, parliament and foreign missions. He added that they reached the first wall of the suspension bridge closed with concrete blocks.
The source pointed out that “according to sources from inside the sit-in, there is no intention to storm the Green Zone, and what happened is only progress.”
The source added that the special squad began to move inside the Green Zone as a precautionary security measure in anticipation of any emergency.
On Tuesday, hundreds of supporters of Shiite political factions and forces began a sit-in in central Baghdad, near one of the gates of the Green Zone, expressing their rejection of the election results and demanding a manual recount of votes.
Shiite forces, including influential factions, had previously warned that proceeding with these results “threatens civil peace in the country.” Which raised fears of a possible outbreak of internal fighting in the country.
Preliminary results showed that the “Sadr bloc” swept the rest of the Shiite forces, winning 73 seats. link
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