10/23/2021 19:59 number of readings 332 Section : file and analysis
Sources reveal former MPs accused of corruption who avoid prosecution by traveling abroad
Baghdad / Obelisk: Sources revealed, on Saturday, October 23, 2021, that former deputies left Iraq abroad, for fear of prosecution after the lifting of immunities, while a government official confirmed the existence of judicial files against at least 12 deputies in the dissolved parliament.
As a result of the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament on the seventh of this October, the parliamentary immunity guaranteed by the constitution was lifted from hundreds of deputies, whose results showed the last legislative elections that were held on October 10, the loss of more than 70 percent of their seats, which means that the ministerial committee in charge By pursuing corruption files by the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, it will be able to investigate any of them.
The Iraqi constitution grants parliamentary immunity to members of the House of Representatives for the duration of the parliamentary session, which is four years, and the judiciary is not entitled, according to this immunity, to prosecute MPs during this period, except for crimes related to the flagrant offense.
Officials spoke about 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, Bahaa Al-Maamouri, and the head of the solution party, Jamal Karbouli.
A government official revealed, according to reports, which Al-Masala reviewed, that there are judicial files against at least 12 deputies in the dissolved parliament, including confessions of current detainees on corruption charges.
The value of money wasted due to corruption since 2003 is estimated at hundreds of billions.
At the end of August 2020, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi formed a supreme committee, with wide powers, to open corruption files, investigate officials, and put a special force affiliated with the Anti-Terrorism Service under the command of the committee, which succeeded in arresting a number of officials and politicians.