Alleged crimes across three organizations
Integrity commission arrests six in Nineveh bribery probes
MOSUL – Iraq’s integrity commission announced on Tuesday the arrest of six individuals accused of taking bribes at a Rafidain Bank branch, a local directorate issuing national identity cards, and the directorate of real estate registrations in Nineveh.
According to a statement, the commission carried out four operations leading to the arrest of the suspects.
The Commission’s media and government communication office reported that a team from the Nineveh investigations directorate set up a sting operation at Rafidain Bank, detaining three employees as they were exiting the bank’s premises on the Mosul-Duhok road, with the payments in their possession. The employees were caught negotiating a bribe of 31.5 million Iraqi dinars from a customer applying for a home loan amounting to 100 million dinars, in exchange for facilitating the loan process.
Furthermore, the office disclosed that an officer responsible for distributing [forms] at the national [identity] card directorate in Tal Afar allowed his nephew to operate a caravan outside the directorate’s premises. The nephew was caught illegally selling the forms for 25,000 to 50,000 dinars each. The officer, a colonel in Tal Afar, was implicated in the illegal activity.
Additionally, the team arrested an official responsible for distributing copies of registry entries in the fourth division of Nineveh’s directorate of real estate registration, caught receiving a bribe from a lawyer in exchange for completing the registration of two properties. Copies of the property registration were found with the lawyer following the transaction.
In cooperation with the national security directorate in Nineveh, the team also apprehended the fines officer at the Special Transportation Authority during an exchange with a citizen trying to erase fines from the department’s system.
The operations, based on judicial warrants, were documented and presented to the specialized investigative judge handling integrity cases in Nineveh. The judge ordered the detention of the suspects in accordance with Article 307 of the Penal Code and Decision 160 (1983).