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Abd al-Mahdi in hot water for failing to stop oil smuggling operations

Oil smuggling has stirred anger of many officials, who called on Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi to put an end to such phenomenon.

Parliamentary integrity committee member Yusuf Al-Kalabi demanded Abd al-Mahdi to take firm measures to stop the corruption and waste of public money in the Ministry of Oil.

"The corruption and the waste of public money in the oil ministry cannot be tolerated. If the files are publicly announced to the public, the people will not keep neither a ministry nor a state," Kalabi stated.

Also, the parliamentary committee charged with monitoring the implementation of the government program, confirmed that the government of Abd al-Mahdi failed to implement the main part of its program, especially with regard to addressing corruption in the Ministry of Oil and stop or limit the smuggling operations.

Oil smuggling is reportedly carried out across land and sea through the border crossings continuously without any effective action by the government.

Falah Abdul Karim, an MP of the Nasr Alliance headed by Haidar al-Abadi said in a press statement that the current stage requires the Abd al-Mahdi to take firm and bold decisions, and "keep away from the pressure of blocs and to not meet their desires."

Abdul Karim's remarks introduce a clear hint that there are political forces and influential parties behind the smuggling of oil.

In this regard, informed sources said that US official bodies submitted to Iraq in March reports on oil smuggling, which concluded that there are 56 Iraqi bodies involved in oil smuggling operations, with an estimated cost of around $4 billion annually.

The American side provided detailed information to the government of former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, and current Adil Abd al-Mahdi, on the rate of oil smuggling in the country and the parties who benefit from such operations, the sources said.

The information indicates that 10 influential parties, who are part of the current government, are involved in the smuggling operations, through high-ranking employees, the sources said, adding that these employees smuggle oil through the ports in cooperation with corrupt officials.

According to the sources, 40 armed groups contribute to the smuggling through their areas of influence using different methods.

The aforementioned parties are using southern and western ports to smuggle oil to the UAE, while the northern borders are used by 6 Kurdish parties to smuggle oil from Kirkuk and Kurdistan to Iran, the sources added.
Last Modified: Monday، 29 April 2019 12:43 AM