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Iraq

Iraq trying to bring home $20billion of stolen money

By Rudaw 11/3/2016
The Commission of Integrity logo.
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A Kurdish lawmaker in Baghdad said on Thursday that $20 billion illegally taken out of the country has been discovered and efforts are underway to bring the cash back to Iraq.

“We discovered $6 billion of Iraq’s money in a basement in Lebanon and we are trying to bring it back through a US company,” Adil Nuri, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Commission of Integrity, told Rudaw.

Nuri said that the rest of the money went to some of Iraq’s other neighboring countries.

“The other $14 billion was found in other countries and we are now taking necessary legal measures to bring it back,” he revealed, adding, “which was illegally sent to UAE, Turkey, Iran, the USA and European countries.”

The lawmaker said that almost all the cash went missing from Iraq’s state funds during the time of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“During 8 years of Nuri al-Maliki's rule in Iraq, nearly $360 billion in Iraq has gone missing,” Nuri claimed.

Iraq has been continually ranked by international agencies as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

In an early statement to Rudaw last October Nuri said that the courts in Baghdad had issued arrest warrants for 10 Iraqi ex-ministers for multibillion dollar embezzlement.

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Hoshyar Zaxoy | 11/3/2016
and when would other Iraq do same?
Guest | 11/3/2016
Was Nouri al-Maliki arrested and charged with a crime for doing this?
Muhamad tofeq | 11/3/2016
who is responsible for this?
beetleking | 11/3/2016
Please send Maliki in death row.
sora | 11/3/2016
Damn. Some little kids with common sense would make better politicians than the ones in iraq and kurdistan. These are clowns. Some of the things you hear about, you think has to be a joke. Some of the things I see I just laugh at it because it seems unreal. If being a politician is that easy, then sign us all up. The citizens voting for these people are the real idiots. Without them, these clowns wouldn't be here.

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