“Border point taxes are pocketed by KDP deputies” claims ex-security boss

The former director of the security office in Ibrahim Kalil, the border town between Turkey and South Kurdistan, has told the local newspaper Lvinpress that: “The gross revenue from all the taxes collected from this border point goes into the pockets of KDP deputies and not into the coffers of the KRG”.

Saeed Akram claimed that only two people know about these money transfers. He said that there are around 5,000 vehicles going in and out of Kurdistan via the checkpoint each day and, since each vehicle pays $300 tax, the daily revenue is around $1.5 million.

Akram told Lvinpress that he is prepared to go to the court to prove his claim with all the necessary documentation.

Kurdistan MP Adnan Ausam, a member of the finance committee of the Kurdistan Parliament, told reporters that he has no idea what happens to the revenue from Ibrahim Khalil. Against this background there is a question about what the finance committee actually does.

The problem of revenue collected from the taxes checkpoints is a key obstacle to any agreement between the Iraqi government and the KRG.

3 Responses to “Border point taxes are pocketed by KDP deputies” claims ex-security boss
  1. Shaikh Yasin
    November 27, 2011 | 17:17

    Another titillating piece ran in Rudaw under the rubric “Islamic group criticizes Barzani foundation’s aid deal” lays bare the extent of corruption and duplicity KDP officials are engaged at. The Barzani Charity Foundation”, one of the most dishonorable institutions, has obtained tens of millions of dollars from international donors such as: UNO, European and Arab charities organizations, Baghdad government) on the name of the Anfalled, Halabja annd Barzani bereft Kurds for over three decade, even when Saddam was alive. The proceeds went straight into KRG president son, Masroor Barzani, the Kurdistan intelligence chief, and Shaikh Zana (nom de guerre), his appointee. Now a strong rivalry is lingering between the Islamists and KDP’s phony Mallas over the subsidies. KDP is toiling hard to ostracize Islamic groups and get credit for it. How shameful for those committing such inhuman deeds counter to their own people. KDP scrambles to mend its tainted image and regain its scathed credibility in vain. What has surfaced is a drop of oceans of the ransackings carried out by KDP. In deed. Every thing has boundaries.

  2. Baqi Barzani
    November 27, 2011 | 18:04

    When the common public in Kurdistan eyes all these injustices and yet opts for silence, that implies that they are equally guilty

  3. Haval
    November 28, 2011 | 20:14

    I trust Saeed Ibrahim has been jailed for a few weeks and disappeared by the security apparatus in Zhako for his remark .i believe just recently has been released .

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