3 January 2011, 23:17

In 2010 damage from corruption in Iraq topped $1 billion

In 2010 damage from corruption in Iraq topped $1 billion

Corruption caused about $1 billion in harm to the Iraqi economy in 2010. This was announced on Monday by the television channel Al-Sharqiya citing the head of the Iraqi Commission on Combating Corruption, Rahim Ala. During 2010, Ala said, criminal cases on corruption charges were filed against 874 high-ranking government officials.

Corruption caused about $1 billion in harm to the Iraqi economy in 2010. This was announced on Monday by the television channel Al-Sharqiya citing the head of the Iraqi Commission on Combating Corruption, Rahim Ala.

During 2010, Ala said, criminal cases on corruption charges were filed against 874 high-ranking government officials. Corruption has become a major problem in Iraq, "said Ala, and getting control of the situation is not going to be either easy or quick, RIA Novosti reported.

"We have no magic wand with which we may get rid of it in four or five years" said the head of the anti-corruption commission. "But if the fight against corruption weakens," said Ala, "saving the country from it will not be possible even in a 100 years."

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