More Than 2000 People Have Arrest Warrants But Not Been Arrested Yet

By Stop Organization for Anti-Corruption:

More than 2000 people have arrests warrant in the Kurdistan region but none of them have been arrested yet. An official from the Ministry of the Interior reveals that some of these people have immunity, and the addresses of some of them are not known and some other have left Kurdistan.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), thousands of people need to be arrested as they have arrest warrants but they haven’t been arrested yet due to different reasons. These people are accused of various crimes.

According to the statistics and data 5022 people have arrest warrant, of which 2790 have been arrested and 2232 have not been arrested yet.

Major General Abudulla Khailany, General Director of Police in the Kurdistan region stated that “There are numbers of people in every province of the region that need to be arrested according to the judge order, but have not been arrested yet”. Khailany also revealed that the reason for not arresting some of them is because they are in high ranking positions.

Arresting these people needs an approval from their boss, the location and addresses of some are not known, and some of them have escaped to outside the Kurdistan region.

“According to the law police is an executive entity, and they are executing the orders issued by judge, especially in the cases related to the criminals of corruption and public rights. But some time they are not able to execute their duties as high officials have involved in the cases”, Izzet Sabir, member of public executor has told Dwarozh, a local website.

It’s worth saying that some of those who have fought against corruption have been killed, marginalized or left the country in the past, especially those who are not backed by power or political parties regardless of their rank or position. The most recent example is Goran Azad, member of Kurdistan parliament who has left country as his life has been threatened.

Judge Ahmed Anwar, Head of the KRG Commission of Integrity has told Dwarozh that many military officials from high ranking positions are involved in corruption, but they haven’t been arrested due to their immunity.

He also stated that they have issued official letters to the Ministry of Peshmarga to start an investigation into these military officials and send them to court. “We are still waiting for the response of both the Ministries of Peshmarga and Interior to take legal procedures for deciding about these dossiers” added Judge Ahmed.

Farman Rashad, director of the Stop Organization for Anti-Corruption said that police and other security forces that specialize in corruption cases should have enough power to be able to do their job properly and successfully. If not, there will be more corruption in the region.

“Police agency in Kurdistan region is very weak and can’t do what they need to compared to other places. By contrast, most of the corrupt people are supported by one of the political parties. Some others are part of the Peshmarga or armed forces. Police are not able to arrest them”, stated Farman Rashad.

“Police should be as powerful as in Baghdad and other countries to be able to execute arrest warrants” he added.


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