Committee Names Most Corrupt Ministries

The electricity, trade, defense and interior ministries have been identified as the most corrupt of the country’s ministries, the Integrity Committee in parliament.

Iraq’s Integrity Commission has announced that it has opened an investigation into corruption in the Iraqi Defense Ministry

AKnews reports that the investigation relates to all of the department’s dealings since 2003, especially relating to the purchase of arms.

Committee member Aziz al-Ukaili told the news agency that the Commission is unable to follow up all of the cases of corruption in all ministries, since the ministries include “persons that can be hardly detected.”

The 2010 corruption index published by Transparency International put Iraq third from bottom in the perception of corruption.

Earlier this year, Iraqi authorities arrested a high-ranking police official in connection with the purchase of “ADE651” bomb detection devices, purchased from a British-based company, which were described as practically useless.

(Source: AKnews)

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