U.S. Federal Reserve Controls Iraqi Foreign Currency
Baghdad - Al-Hayat Wednesday, January 9, 2013
A source familiar with the Central Bank of Iraq's Al-Hayat, that the Iraqi government is unable to act in cash reservoir abroad because it is lodged with the U.S. central bank.
He stressed that the latter had already agreed with the United Nations and the Department of the Central Bank of Iraq to reject the transfer any amount outside the framework of the budget.
The experts predicted the end of the crisis, the Central Bank of Iraq for fear of exposing the big names in the political and financial center, which was confirmed by sources familiar with the investigation, pointing to the issuance of a judicial decision to release the deputy governor of the Bank appearance in favor and 30 employees were arrested earlier.
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The Supreme Judicial Council issued on 19 October (October) last arrest warrant against the Governor of the Central Bank and a number of officials in corruption cases, and arrested 32 staff with the governor's refusal to Shabibi decision.
Sources from within the central bank leaked «life» implementation details of the arrest of the deputy governor and showed that the warrant included three officials are Governor Sinan al-Shabibi and his deputy, the appearance of Saleh and General Manager of the banking sector Ali Abu Nayla.
The sources added that Shabibi and Abu Nayla not surrender themselves to the concerned authorities, but Saleh turned himself in after the security authorities arrested some members of his family.
She noted that the investigators concluded achieved with the deputy governor and is satisfied that there is no evidence incriminating, and decided to end his detention on bail pending completion of the investigation, but the security authorities represented by the Ministry of Interior refused to release him or allow the media confronted inside prison «upper» in Baghdad.
A source close to the investigation committee that «the number of staff of the Central Bank beyond 1235, distributors headquarters and four branches in Nineveh and Basra, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah. He explained that the number of detainees less than 30, including 22 female and four officials, explaining that the reason for their arrest was that they were members of the board committee, where four staff members are elected to serve under the authority of the Board of Directors.
He confirmed that investigators had evacuated the last for the members of the Committee and some employees because they are not really concerned.
And the latest developments in the investigation pointed out that «the art is that the central bank adopted five banks eligibility to sell the dollar, and these banks offer to auction the bank to list in exchange for any amount of purchase, then implement the conversion and here are the responsibility of the Central implied not directly».
The «has not issued any arrest warrant against officials of private banks involved while making sure of its involvement money laundering operations or smuggled out of Iraq.
He was a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Hassan Ozmn announced told media three weeks ago, that Iraqi funds abroad are exposed to the risk of international trusteeship because of the participation of the United Nations to investigate the issue of the Iraqi Central Bank, expected to appoint UN special rapporteur to monitor the movements of Finance of Iraq, but the Iraqi Foreign Ministry denied this.
Noteworthy that the Iraqi Central Bank announced in August 2012 Iraq reserves rise of hard currency to $ 67 billion from 63 billion.
Furthermore, official denied the central bank can manipulate government these precautions, and said: «is still under the tutelage of the United Nations under paragraphs seventh item, and proceeds from the sale oil goes directly to the account itself, and even going out of the trusteeship is already present in the bank U.S. who refuses any requests issued by the Iraqi government regarding financial withdrawals outside the framework of the budget, and this is agreed with the United Nations to prevent any theft operations in Iraq, which continues to suffer instability.
And threatened Iraqi Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi resorting to 'all means' if the case is not resolved within the country, saying that the immunity of the bank have been overcome in Iraq.