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Corruption now “Biggest Threat to Iraq”

Corruption has become the biggest threat to the future stability of Iraq following the defeat of Islamic State, Britain’s ambassador in Baghdad has told the Evening Standard newspaper in London. Jon Wilks said that although there were “remnants” of IS still present, the country was “settling down ahead of expectations” and starting to recover from […]

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Minister to Brief Parliament on Duty-Free Contracts

In May of this year, we reported claims that Iraq’s anti-corruption bodies were investigating the contract to operate the duty-free shops at Baghdad and Basra airports, following reports of corruption from Al-Ahad TV. According to a new report from Al-Ahad TV, and to documents recently received by Iraq Business News (see below), the Iraqi Parliament has […]

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Former Defense Ministry Official Jailed for Corruption

By John Lee. A former deputy general secretary at Iraq’s Ministry of Defense has reportedly been sentenced to six years in prison corruption. According to Rudaw, Ziad al-Qattan was conviced in relation to three contracts to supply the Ministry with light weaponry and military equipment. He held the position during the Iraqi Transitional Government of […]

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Pharma Firm pays $25m to Resolve Corrupt Payments

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Paris-based pharmaceutical company Sanofi has agreed to pay more than $25 million to resolve charges that its Kazakhstan and the Middle East subsidiaries made corrupt payments to win business. According to the SEC’s order, the schemes spanned multiple countries and involved bribe payments to government procurement officials […]

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UNDP supports Commission of Integrity to Fight Corruption

UNDP support to the Commission of Integrity to fight corruption A technical study visit is currently being organized in Korea by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) for a high-ranking delegation from the Iraqi Integrity commission, to benefit from the Korea’s innovative, well tested-and-proven policy tools to […]

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Workshop on Tackling Corruption

Comprehend the Corruption Perception Index CPI to introduce meaningful Anti-Corruption Reforms The United Nations Development Program UNDP, in partnership with the Iraqi Commission of Integrity, organized a workshop designed to discuss and provide an understanding on the data and methodologies used to rank countries on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The Workshop organized jointly with […]

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AstraZeneca Investigated for Alleged Corruption in Iraq

By John Lee. UK-bassed pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has said it is the subject of an anti-corruption investigation in the US relating to its activities in Iraq In its latest quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said: “As previously disclosed, in the US, in October 2017, AstraZeneca and certain other pharmaceutical and/or medical device […]

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Guilty Plea to Bribery Scheme for Iraq War Contracts

Former Business Partner of U.S. Military Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery Scheme Related to Contracts in Support of Iraq War A former business partner of a U.S. military contractor pleaded guilty today to one count of bribery for his role in a years-long scheme to bribe U.S. Army contracting officials stationed at a U.S. military […]

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UK Starts Corruption Proceedings against Unaoil

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has commenced criminal proceedings against Unaoil Monaco SAM and Unaoil Ltd as part of an ongoing corruption prosecution. This follows charges already brought against four individuals for alleged conspiracy to make corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq. Unaoil Ltd has been summonsed with two offences […]

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Covering Corruption “Exposes Journalists to Arrest”

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the arrests to which two investigative reporters have been subjected in different parts of Iraq in the past few days in connection with their coverage of corruption, and calls for an end to the harassment of these journalists. The latest victim was Mostafa Hamed, a reporter based in Fallujah, […]

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