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Tishwash: The Anti-Terrorism Service arrests the managers of the Agricultural Bank branches in three governorates

A security source said, Saturday, that the Counter-Terrorism Service had arrested the managers of the Agricultural Bank branches in three governorates.

The source told Al-Ikhbariya that “the Counter-Terrorism Service arrested the managers of the Agricultural Bank branches in Ramadi, Fallujah, Abu Ghraib and Salah al-Din.”

He added, “The operation came after important confessions made by the detained bank manager, Adel Khudair, regarding suspicions of corruption.”   link

Tishwash:  Report: The arrest campaign in Iraq affected more officials … and new names will appear!

Iraqi government sources reported the arrest of Iraqi officials and a businessman, as part of a new anti-corruption campaign led by the Prime Minister. This represents a rare case by subjecting current officials to judicial procedures.

Last month, Al-Kazemi formed a new committee to fight “major corruption files,” which carried out its first arrests this week, according to Iraqi officials familiar with the committee’s work.

The head of the Iraqi Pension Fund, Ahmed Al-Saadi, and the head of the Investment Authority in Baghdad, Shaker Al-Zamili, were arrested last Wednesday.  

The sources confirmed the arrest of Baha Abdul Hussein, head of the electronic payment company “Key Card” upon his arrival at Baghdad airport, on Thursday.  

Officials refused to disclose any other details, including charges against the detainees, where they are being held or what judicial procedures they will be subjected to.

An Iraqi official told Agence France-Presse that “the committee is looking into cases that have been suspicious for some time, and then its judicial committee issues arrest warrants.”

In response to a question about whether the courts can be trusted to follow the process, the official said, “The committee’s judges build” strong “cases.

“The campaign did not target any individuals, parties, or specific business sectors,” two officials said.

One of them stated, “There is no target list, but you can expect more names to appear.”

And he stressed the former anti – corruption council member Said Yassin Moussa on Saturday that the arrest campaigns carried out by the Iraqi authorities had to be implemented last year end , but it was broken down for various reasons.

Moussa said during an interview with the official newspaper, followed by “People”, (September 19, 2020) that “the arrests were made based on the implementation of arrest and recruitment orders and by a judicial order, which cannot be appealed.”

And Moussa stated, “There are files in the former Anti-Corruption Council according to meals, the first included 1000 employees with a recommendation for the government to withdraw the hand of these employees. In the second meal, about 140 employees from different ministries were added to it, so it became about 1200 files, of which 800 were filtered among the prosecution.” There are 400 files regarding which judicial actions were supposed to be carried out at the end of 2019 and early 2020, but they were suspended. ”

The new campaign of arrests comes after the formation of a supreme committee to investigate major corruption files, which Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi recently announced.  

According to Abd al-Wahhab al-Saadi, head of the Anti-Terrorism Service, which is considered the executive authority for the arrest warrants, “the prime minister stressed that the campaign of arrests targeting corrupt officials should be secret, with unspoken plans.”

During the past 72 hours, news of the arrest campaigns carried out by the security services spread over the past 72 hours on social media and media agencies, including officials accused of corruption and manipulation of public money.  link