Hoshyar Abdulah, member of the parliamentary financial committee, has expressed support to any directives that might tackle “some corruption issues regarding the Green Zone.”
Abdulah said the Green Zone is “full of corruption, especially when it comes to the real estate exploited by officials."
In a statement, Abdulah said some real estate there were given to former and current officials for free, while some others were illegally seized by partisan figures since 2005.
Abdulah also pointed out that some former officials legalized their ownership to these real estate, five to ten years after their time in office ended. “Thus, measures must be taken by the Parliament and executive authority to reclaim these real estate and invest them to generate revenues into the state treasury.”
“Is it reasonable that these former officials still seize governmental real estate based on decisions they took themselves while in office? Is not this the time for officials to hand over these real estate once their term end like other countries? Or even have them pay a rent for these residences?” Abdulah wondered.
He also urged the parliament to decide on this issue during its upcoming sessions, not only regarding the Green Zone, but also real estate issues in Baghdad and other provinces