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Samson » November 3rd, 2022

Corruption and “obscene wealth”… Parliamentary demand for the Council of Ministers to find an alternative to the currency auction

3rd November, 2022

On Thursday, MP Majid Shankali called for an alternative to the currency sale auction in the Central Bank, indicating that this would contribute to providing cash liquidity to pay salaries and budget expenses

Shankali said in a tweet on Twitter seen by “Al-Ghad Press”, “The Cabinet is required to find an alternative to the currency sale auction in the Central Bank to provide cash to pay salaries and budget expenses,” noting that “the auction has become a door to outrageous wealth for owners of private banks and exchange companies.” Which has no business other than buying and selling dollars, except for the suspicions of corruption that are hovering around the auction  LINK

Political analyst: Big names involved in corruption and the currency auction, the largest families

02/11/2022 23:14:16

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The political analyst, Sarmad Al-Bayati, indicated that big names were involved in “corruption” and described the currency auction as “the biggest secret.”

Al-Bayati said; For the “Al-Mastra” program, broadcast by Al-Furat satellite channel this evening, that: “There are networks and holes in the pipelines for stealing oil that still exist, and the topic was raised several years ago, and whoever commits oil theft has an integrated map from which he inquires about the locations of the pipelines, and the smuggled oil money may not return to the state treasury.”

Al-Bayati stressed, “The need for drones to detect oil theft operations in Basra and Kirkuk,” likening the thefts to “a corruption pandemic, which is similar to Corona, and there are two contacts, and Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani needs signatures from those who contributed to spreading corruption to control the corrupt.” 

He called for “the formation of a mini-committee of no more than 5 judges to combat corruption,” adding, “there are mafias that deliberately kill everyone who comes close to their places, and there are large and high-level names that have been implicated in corruption and no one can approach them.”

Al-Bayati continued, “One of the priorities of the government curriculum is the fight against corruption, and the currency auction is the biggest secret in Iraq and is not capable of it, and it does not seem that there is a realistic alternative to this auction in the administration of the state.” Promise, Iraq’s import of $250 million per day is “a fantasy, and we hope the Minister of Finance will address the issue.”

Al-Bayati concluded, by saying, “The currency auction is a way to convert the dollar into Iraqi dinars, and the revenues that salaries need come from taxes and transactions, and the entitlement of political forces should be limited to the House of Representatives and not be imposed on the prime minister.”

On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani announced the dismantling of the largest oil smuggling network in Basra Governorate. Al-Sudani said in a tweet on {Twitter}, that: “We directed the tracking of oil smuggling networks and the implementation of arrest warrants against the gangs that dared and roamed to steal the right of the Iraqis, and with God’s help, the National Security Service detachments, in cooperation with other agencies, were able to dismantle the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.”

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Al-Sudani stressed, “We will spare no effort and will work day and night to fight corruption in its various forms.”   LINK

The Iraqi Ministry of Interior decides to retire officers involved in corruption

3rd November, 2022

An informed source said, on Thursday, that the Iraqi Ministry of Interior intends to retire officers accused of financial and administrative corruption cases in preparation for holding them accountable.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that the opinion body in the Ministry of Interior discussed the retirement of a number of officers who were proven to have administrative and financial corruption in order to eliminate slack and remove the corrupt from the ministry’s joints.

He explained that those officers were referred to retirement, and the Integrity Commission will initiate the procedures for holding them accountable.

This comes in conjunction with the arrest of a special force from the intelligence service yesterday, the Director of Operations Affairs, Major General Diaa Al-Moussawi, according to a judicial arrest warrant for his involvement in financial corruption cases.

The Council of Ministers voted the day before yesterday, Tuesday, to cancel all orders and job appointments issued by the previous daily caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, which were issued after the date of October 8, 2021.  LINK

The Iraqi judiciary announces new details about the investigation into the “theft of the century”

3rd November, 2022

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The Karkh Investigation Court, which specializes in integrity issues, announced on Thursday the details of the procedures taken to complete the investigations into the case of seizing tax trusts, what is known as “the theft of the century”.

The media center of the Supreme Judicial Council stated in a statement today, “The court has taken additional measures against a number of other defendants from the General Tax Authority, and that investigations are continuing to determine the responsibilities of other parties that have contributed to facilitating the seizure of these funds.”

He added, “Despite the complexity of the investigations into the case, the court focused on the importance of counting the sums of money that were seized in preparation for their recovery, and it formed a specialized committee to inventory the sums of money and real estate located inside and outside the country.”

The statement pointed out that “in this regard, precautionary seizure has been placed on approximately (55) properties in Baghdad, and investigations are underway for the rest of the properties in other provinces.”

And he added, “a seizure has been placed on financial shares belonging to the accused and his family, estimated at (167.650.000.000) one hundred and sixty-seven billion six hundred and fifty million dinars, as well as cash balances with a value of (108,000,000,000) one hundred and eight billion Iraqi dinars, in addition to shares estimated at a value of With (100,000,000) one hundred billion Iraqi dinars in one of the commercial malls in Baghdad.

It is noteworthy that last October, witnessed the disclosure of a huge embezzlement of trust funds in the General Tax Authority for an amount of 3.7 trillion Iraqi dinars (two and a half billion US dollars), and according to the Integrity Commission, the case is still under investigation to reach all those involved.

Judicial arrest warrants were also issued against a number of parties to the case, most notably the director of the “Innovators” company, Noor Zuhair Al-Mudhaffar.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani called on the international community to help Iraq recover the fugitives in the tax insurance case, what is known in the media as “the theft of the century.”  LINK

The director of a banking company was sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of nearly (3.5) billion dinars

2nd November, 2022
The Federal Integrity Commission revealed the issuance of a four-year prison sentence against the director of a banking company, and a fine of approximately (3.5) billion dinars, as a result of illegal financial transactions. 

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The Commission’s Investigation Department stated: “The Central Anti-Corruption Criminal Court issued a judgment in the presence of four years in prison and a fine of two billion dinars and one million US dollars, against the manager of a banking company.”

It belongs to the money of the former head of the Baghdad Investment Commission, and the purchase of real estate for the accused and its registration in the name of his wife, the accused fugitive.

She indicated that the court, after reviewing the evidence obtained and the evidence in the case, and the investigative papers, reached the negligence of the accused, and decided to convict him in accordance with the provisions of Article (36) of the Money Laundering Law.  LINK

Integrity announces a reward of up to 5 million dollars

03/11/2022 08:49:41

The Integrity Commission announced a reward for informants about the financial rights of the Iraqi state, amounting to five million dollars.

The head of the commission, Alaa Al-Saadi, in his capacity as head of the Iraq Money Recovery Fund, indicated that, “among the privileges granted by law to those cooperating with the fund, they are exempted from the amounts owed by them at a rate of 25 percent and up to (5) million dollars of the recovered money as a maximum and by obtaining the approval of the Council of Ministers. The law gives informants about the financial rights of the Iraqi state a reward estimated at (10) percent of the recovered money, provided that it does not exceed (5) million dollars of that money.

He explained that “the rewards stipulated in the law allocated to informants are distributed among them in the event of their multiplicity, according to the role of each of them in recovering the money and the importance of the information that led to its recovery, taking into account the standard of time.”

Al-Saadi pointed out that “the management of the Fund circulated to all ministries and agencies not associated with the Ministry of the need not to sign economic or investment agreements with countries without referring to the Fund, with the intention of involving it in those bilateral agreements to urge countries to remove obstacles that prevent the recovery of the financial rights of the Republic of Iraq, stressing response to the Fund’s request.

And about the extent to which the provisions of Article (4), Clause Eleven of the Fund Law, which states (granting a reward to the informant at a rate of (10) percent, provided that it does not exceed (5) million dollars of the recovered money), Al-Saadi confirmed that “the provisions of this article were actually applied with one He was handed over his share in accordance with the concluded settlement agreement, revealing that there are many reports that are still in the process of investigation and scrutiny regarding the issue of informants’ rewards.  LINK

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With names and details… Al-Sudani announces the dismantling of “the largest oil smuggling network in Basra”

2nd November, 2022

A document obtained by Shafak News Agency revealed, on Wednesday, the arrest of nine senior officers, including the Director General of Energy Police, Major General Ghanem Muhammad Jaafar Hassan, in connection with the case of smuggling oil derivatives.

The list also included, in addition to Major General Ghanem, 4 officers at the rank of brigadier general: the Director of the North Oil Police, the Central Oil Police, the Director of the Department of the Energy Police Directorate, and the Director of North Controls.

It also included two officers with the rank of colonel, the director of the Relations and Media Department, the Office of the Director-General of the Energy Police and the commander of the Dora Refinery Regiment, in addition to a lieutenant-colonel (director of the Central Oil Police Controls Department) and an officer with the rank of major (the Relations and Media Department accompanying the Director-General of the Energy Police).

In this context, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani announced the dismantling of the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.

Al-Sudani said in a tweet seen by Shafak News Agency, “We directed the tracking of oil smuggling networks and the implementation of arrest warrants against the gangs that dared to steal the right of Iraqis, and with God’s help, the National Security Service detachments, in cooperation with other agencies, were able to dismantle the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.”  He added, “We will spare no effort and will work day and night to fight corruption in its various forms.”

Yesterday, Tuesday, a security source announced the arrest of the commander of the company headquarters, the Sixth Regiment, the Southern Oil Police.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that the arrest was made on the orders of the Minister of Interior, Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, who also decided to arrest the director of the South Oil Police. He pointed out that these decisions are related to the file of the arrest of the Director of Energy Police, Major General Ghanem Al-Husseini, which is being investigated, and its details will be announced later.

And on Monday, a security source said that the Director of Energy Police, Major General Ghanem Al-Husseini, had been arrested for unknown reasonsLINK

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Smuggled 75 million liters per month.. Details of the overthrow of a large network of Iraqi oil theft, including officers and senior officials

2nd November, 2022

The National Security Agency revealed, on Wednesday, the details of the overthrow of a large network for theft and smuggling of crude oil in the southernmost province of Basra, while noting that among the network’s members are senior officers and merchants, he explained that the smuggled quantities are estimated at 75 million liters per month.

And the agency said in a statement read by its spokesman, and it was reported to Shafaq News Agency, that “in one of the qualitative operations based on accurate intelligence information, a force of the agency in Basra Governorate managed to thwart one of the largest operations of smuggling and theft of crude oil, carried out by a network led by a merchant and includes officers of the rank of High officials and senior officials were arrested according to judicial warrants.

He added, “These networks practice theft and smuggling operations by creating (holes) in the crude oil export lines located in the Zubair oil field, and then another pipe is connected to these (holes), where it is buried and delivered to a dirt road for smuggling. The daily smuggled quantities are estimated from ( Five to (seven) tanks with a capacity of (fifty) thousand liters per breach, while the number of smuggled tanks is estimated from (forty) to (fifty) tanks at a rate of (seventy-five) million liters per month.

The agency added, “The statements of the fundamentalist suspects have been written down and investigations are still underway, and more details will be clarified if the investigation procedures are completed.” A document obtained by Shafak News Agency revealed today, Wednesday, the arrest of nine senior officers, including the Director General of Energy Police, Major General Ghanem Muhammad Jaafar Hassan, on the background of the oil derivatives smuggling case.

The list also included, in addition to Major General Ghanem, 4 officers at the rank of brigadier general: the Director of the North Oil Police, the Central Oil Police, the Director of the Department of the Energy Police Directorate, and the Director of North Controls.

It also included two officers with the rank of colonel, the director of the Relations and Media Department, the Office of the Director-General of the Energy Police and the commander of the Dora Refinery Regiment, in addition to a lieutenant-colonel (director of the Central Oil Police Controls Department) and an officer with the rank of major (the Relations and Media Department accompanying the Director-General of the Energy Police).

In this context, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani announced the dismantling of the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.

Al-Sudani said in a tweet seen by Shafak News Agency, “We directed the tracking of oil smuggling networks and the implementation of arrest warrants against the gangs that dared to steal the right of Iraqis, and with God’s help, the National Security Service detachments, in cooperation with other agencies, were able to dismantle the largest oil smuggling network in Basra.” . He added, “We will spare no effort and will work day and night to fight corruption in its various forms.”

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Assuming a lower estimate for selling this smuggling network, at a price of $50 per barrel of oil, the revenue generated by the network from selling 75 million barrels per month is close to $4 billion.

Source: Dinar Recaps


Samson » November 3rd, 2022

Russia pushes Iraq out of India’s top oil supplier

3rd November, 2022

Russia has removed Iraq from the forefront of the countries that supply India with oil supplies, after Iraq was the largest source of this large Asian country.

The Indian “Business Insider” website, in a report, published in English, translated by Shafaq News Agency, stated that the British energy company “Fortexa” announced new data showing the new oil statistics.

The report indicated that India’s imports of crude oil from Russia increased by 8% to reach 946 thousand barrels per day during the month of October. The Indian report indicated that this figure represents 22% of India’s total imports of crude oil, exceeding Iraq’s share of 20.5%, and Saudi Arabia’s share as well, which amounts to 16%.

In addition, the report stated, that October witnessed the first time that India imported more quantities of Russian seaborne crude than the European Union. In a parallel context, the report pointed out that China remained the largest buyer of Russian oil, as it imported one million barrels of crude per day during the month of October.

In this context, the report stated that Russia is moving away from European markets as Western buyers have avoided Moscow since Russian President Vladimir Putin began the invasion of Ukraine, while Moscow has been selling its oil and gas production to Asian buyers at reduced prices, while severe sanctions are expected to be applied. Additional on December 5th.

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However, CNN quoted Indian Oil Minister Hardeep Puri as saying a few days ago that buyers have a “moral duty” to continue buying crude oil to secure energy for citizens.  LINK

Minister of Trade: Iraq is a promising market and many companies want to invest in it

3rd November, 2022

The Minister of Commerce, Atheer Daoud Al-Ghurairi, confirmed, on Thursday, that the Baghdad International Fair, which started its work two days ago, is an opportunity to strengthen the cooperation frameworks of the countries and companies participating in Iraq

Al-Ghurairi told the official news agency, “The opening of the 46th session of the Baghdad International Fair coincided with the formation of a new elected government, which announced openness to the world within its government program, establishing international relations with everyone, and encouraging the private sector and foreign companies

He added, “The Baghdad International Fair is a forum to attract the largest possible number of countries and companies, given that Iraq is a promising market and there is a desire by many companies to invest in the country, and it casts a shadow over economic interests among the participating countries

He pointed to “the participation of nearly 12 countries and more than 360 local, Arab and foreign companies,” noting that “the coming years will witness greater participation of effective countries and companies in light of the efforts that will be made to cover and activate the committees and agreements between countries  LINK

Source: Dinar Recaps

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