National anti-corruption strategy launched

The Kurdistan News Agency reported on 24 March 2010 that the Integrity Committee [actually the Commission on Integrity] organized on Wednesday [24 March 2010] under the auspices of the Joint Anti-Corruption Council a conference to launch a national strategy against corruption under the banner of “national strategy to combat corruption, guidelines to face corruption at […]

Special Courts and Tribunals

The normal Federal Judiciary is described here. This post lists the courts and tribunals outside the administration of the Higher Judicial Council. Article 95 of the Constitution states that: The establishment of special or extraordinary courts is prohibited. Article 15(I) of the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL) had stated: Civilians may not be tried before a […]

Deputy Transport Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Corruption: UPDATE

The Voice of Iraq reported on 3 September 2009 that: “The Commission of Integrity (CoI) has arrested a top official from the Ministry of Transportation in the course of taking a bribe”, said officials close to the case. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to give more details about the name of […]

Anti-Corruption Supplement and Elections

On 16 June 2009, Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, published a supplement on anti-corruption including articles on electoral corruption, lessons to be learned form the Lebanese experience, political parties draft law, abuse of the education system, NGOs and civil society and Transparency International. Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report presents the main findings of a public […]

International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP)

The US Department of Justice, through the Criminal Division’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism. Situated in the Department of Justice, with programs funded primarily by the […]

Criminal Procedure Case-study (1): Abdul-Falah al-Sudani

[see also previous post] Former Minister of Trade, Abdul-Falah al-Sudani, was arrested on 30 May 2009 following the issue of a warrant from the court in Samawa (in Al-Muthanna Governorate in the south of the country). Alleged Crime: Sudani, a 62-year-old dual British Iraqi national, is being questioned about accusations of squandering public money and […]

Ministry of Interior and Higher Judicial Council collaborate to combat corruption

The Ministry of Interior website on 28 May 2009 noted the formation of a central operations facility and the allocation of inspection units of the Ministry of the Interior and the High Judicial Council as part of the national campaign to combat corruption. The Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Ali Mohsen Alaak, […]

The many lives of Article 136(b) Criminal Procedure Code, Law 23 of 1971

It was reported on 14 May 2009 on  the front page of Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had suspended in part the operation of Article 136(b) of the Criminal Procedure Code 23 of 1971 as part of his anti-corruption drive. Article 136(b) has had a varied life. All of Article 136 of […]

Anti-corruption report leaked (Updates: Minister of Trade resigns . . . arrested)

A recent report by the Commission on Integrity to the anti-corruption committee of the Council of Representatives, leaked to the Western media, set out the size of the problem facing the Iraqi government. The BBC report is here. In related news, a group of about 110 Parliamentarians have called for the Minister of Trade, Abdul-Falah […]

Penal Code 111 of 1969

The Penal Code 111 of 1969 replaced the Baghdadi Penal Code of 1919 with effect from 15 December 1969. It has been amended on a number of occasions. With effect from 10 June 2003, CPA Order 7 Section 2(1) provided that “the Third Edition of the 1969 Iraqi Penal Code with amendments, registered in Baghdad […]