View Full Version : Maliki using Saddam-era law to block corruption probes

05-02-2007, 04:52 PM
Missed this (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070430/wl_mideast_afp/usiraqauditcorruption_070430200721)in the original SIGIR report.

The office of Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has used a Saddam Hussein-era law to halt dozens of corruption-related probes of government ministries, a US auditor's report said Monday.

The report by the special inspector general for Iraq, Stuart Bowen, said Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) estimates the cost of corruption at around five billion dollars a year.

The real cost of corruption is difficult to measure, the report added, warning that "opportunities for corruption have increased."

"The Prime Minister's Office has ordered CPI not to refer to any investigative court any case involving a minister or former minister without prior approval of the Prime Minister," Bowen's quarterly report to Congress said.