Prosecution: 1616 recovery files for those accused of corruption and terrorism fleeing abroad

10/11/2017
AL-SABAH - The Public Prosecutor's Office (FCO) organized 1616 case files against two suspects who have fled Iraq.

With regard to most of these charges of terrorism and corruption, he acknowledged the
difficulty of retrieving dual nationals, since most of the countries of nationality do not easily surrender them.


"The number of information leaflets and arrest warrants sent to the Arab and International Police Directorat
e (Interpol) amounted to 1616, including 360 of those accused of financial and administrative corruption cases,
" the prosecutor said in a statement.

He added «the files sent to the Legal Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs numbered 240, ninety-four files relating to corruption issues since 2003 until now».

On the mechanism of organizing these files, he explained that «a division headed by the prosecution has the task of organizing files for the recovery of fugitives fleeing abroad», pointing out that «the bodies that cooperate with them in this area are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior and Integrity».

In response to a question concerning the role of the prosecution in the case of the accused Abdel Falah al-Sudani and others after a recent controversy, he said that "the prosecution is in the process of preparing files for the recovery of the accused Abdul Falah al-Sudani after he was arrested in Lebanon and another accused was in the ministry Defense was arrested in Jordan for the purpose of handing over to Iraq ».

"The defendants who were extradited to Iraq are only four," he said, pointing out that "some of the accused have more than one nationality, which makes the countries to which they turn and who hold their nationality cling to them under any pretext, For the consideration of some States for the crimes of waste of public funds and default issued by the official crimes of international law ».

"The majority of the crimes we have organized against the perpetrators of these crimes are terrorist crimes that threaten the internal and external security of the state and the crimes of financial and administrative corruption," the deputy chief prosecutor said. "The possibility of organizing a recovery file against any defendant who committed a crime Where the imprisonment of two years and above ».

He stressed that «the efforts of the prosecution is continuing with the competent authorities through the information bulletin, and once information on the presence of an accused in a particular country we are trying to make contacts and efforts to approach the State through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and send everything related to the accused in order to hand over to Iraq».

On the mechanism of organizing the file of the recovery, the prosecutor said, "The file is organized after all the legal conditions are confirmed and filed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be sent by diplomatic means to the requested state of extradition. These requests are followed until the approval of the concerned state and the appearance of the accused Before the judiciary ».

Zayer added that "the file is organized with the contents of the file and linked to a copy of the investigative papers stamped with the official seal to be sent to the entity requesting the return of the accused signed by the competent judge and if the accused in a foreign country translated the file into the foreign language (official language of the state).

He stressed the need to "record the statements of the complainant and the witnesses by the competent judge after the legal oath in the form of (he stated after the legal oath), as well as the statement of the text of the legal article number and writing,"

stressing the need to provide sufficient information about the accused to be recovered, In addition to mentioning the upper limit of the penalty allocated for the crime in the

file ».

Zair pointed out that "the location of the accused must be determined, as well as the organization of a summary of the file containing the time of committing the crime, the evidence obtained and the defendant's prescription at the time of the commission of the crime."

"The domestic legislation of articles 357 and 368 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is concerned with the extradition and extradition of criminals, as well as treaties and agreements between States as well as international custom and the principle of reciprocity," he said.

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