Integrity Commission Demands Sacking of Haj Chairman

The Deputy Chairman of Iraq’s Integrity Commission had demanded Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sack the Chairman of the Haj (Pilgrimage) Commission, Mohammed Taqi al-Moula, following charges of corruption.

“There are documents and dossiers, being studied since over one month by the Integrity Commission, that had agreed that the said official was involved in corruption,” Ahmed al-Jibouri told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, charging that he got his seat in the Parliament as part of a political deal involving several officials.

The Iraqi Parliament voted on July 4th to appoint Mohamed Taqi al-Moula to the post of Chairman of Iraq’s Haj (Pilgrimage).

Pilgrims from various Iraqi provinces had criticized the activity of the Haj Commission, charging that its services don’t cope with huge numbers of pilgrims it receives, and alleging that its treatment of the pilgrims stems from “the logic of profit and loss, ignoring the real motive of pilgrimage.”

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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