Iraq Arrests Two Generals on Suspicion of Bribery at Key Port
From France24 –
Iraq announced Saturday it has arrested two generals on suspicion of taking bribes to waive customs duties, a practice estimated to cost the state $6.3 billion a year in lost revenues.
Both men worked at the Gulf port of Umm Qasr, a key entry point for imports of foodstuffs and medicines which is reputed to be the most corrupt in Iraq.
The sums allegedly found in their position were tiny given the scale of corruption in Iraq, which is estimated to have cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars since the US-led invasion of 2003.
“$1,000 were found in the office of the general in charge of Umm Qasr North,, while the other general had hidden $2,100 in a waste basket in his office,” a source in the state anti-corruption body, the Commission for Integrity, told AFP.