The Kur­dish Pres­i­dent and PM de­clare their wealth

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The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s "Com­mis­sion of In­tegrity" sent the high Kur­dish of­fi­cials forms to de­clare their wealth. Last week, The KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani of­fi­cially re­turned the form to the com­mis­sion.

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s "Com­mis­sion of In­tegrity" sent the high Kur­dish of­fi­cials forms to de­clare their wealth. Last week, The KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani of­fi­cially re­turned the form to the com­mis­sion.

The Chair­man of the Com­mis­sion told The Kur­dish Globe that the PM did re­turn the filled-in form and “He has hon­estly re­ferred to what he has.”

Musheer Rasheed, the Ggen­eral Di­rec­tor of Le­gal Af­fairs and In­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Com­mis­sion told The Kur­dish Globe that they work to achieve their goals for in­tegrity and elim­i­nat­ing cor­rup­tion in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in three phases: col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion, judge the in­for­ma­tion, and the last phase is the court. A judge of "Com­mis­sion of In­teg- rity" will make the last decision.

The source also said that among the 80 forms they had sent to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dency, they’ve so far got only Mr. Mas­soud Barzani’s form re­turned. Another 763 were sent back from Kur­dis­tan Supreme Court Coun­cil, and 165 from Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment, in­clud­ing 111 Mem­bers of Par­lia­ments and 54 con­sul­tants.

The KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani has re­turned the form, and the num­ber of the forms re­turned by Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, min­istries and the com­mis­sions that have of­fi­cially re­vealed their wealth has reached 449, as Dr. Ahmed An­war, Chair­man of "Com­mis­sion of In­tegrity" said, “The Prime Min­is­ter com­pleted the form and re­turned it to the Com­mis­sion last week, ac­cord­ing to In­tegrity’s Ar­ti­cle 34 of 2011 law, the Prime Min­ster is among those who fill in the form.” “Some min­is­ters haven’t yet re­turned the form, we have told them to do so and they’re ex­pected to send them back filled-in in the com­ing days” he added.

The Com­mis­sion works to end cor­rup­tion. It was founded last year. It’s true their task is hard, but when Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter, as the high rank­ing of­fi­cials in Kur­dis­tan, showed readi­ness to overtly re­veal their wealth to the Com­mis­sion that makes their task eas­ier to a good ex­tent.

Musheer Rasheed said they’re col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion via a hot­line, any per­son who can di­rectly call them and pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion, and some­times they gain the in­for­ma­tion from the me­dia.

Though it’s not an easy task, but steps have been taken via le­gal means and in­ves­ti­ga­tions. For ex­am­ple, 50 forms in Hawler, 44 in Suleimaniyah and 5 in Duhok have reached the Com­mis­sion via the hot­lines. So far, 4 ap­peals have been pre­sented to the court and more work is un­der­way.

The man­ner of the work is be­ing crit­i­cized. But this could be­come a good be­gin­ning to es­tab­lish the power of law, jus­tice and in­tegrity in gov­ern­ing the state.

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