Abadi presents a list of 73 accused of smuggling money to the judiciary


revealed former member of the House of Representatives, Jasim al-Bayati, Saturday, a list of spoilers presented by Prime Minister Haider Abadi to the Iraqi judiciary for accounting, indicating that the list includes 73 accused of smuggling money to the Iraqi judiciary.

“The list includes about 73 names, including influential political figures and high-ranking officials, and owners of companies and personalities working in the Iraqi state,” said Bayati, a close to the Prime Minister in a press statement, noting that “the list includes only those accused of smuggling money out of the country.”

He added that “the list was not put forward before the parliamentary elections held on May 12, so as not to be considered by some as electoral propaganda.”

He stressed that “the prime minister emphasizes the status of the list on the table and the accountability of the defaulters by the judiciary,” noting that it “will include all those who have large sums of money outside Iraq, obtained illegally, both the faults of the former regime or the current politicians.”

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said earlier that he was referring 50 senior officials to the Integrity Commission to investigate corruption and mismanagement, including ministers and undersecretaries, but observers of the situation in Iraq played down his ability to hold corrupt officials accountable.