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Iraq demands return of oil money from US

Iraq is demanding the return of $17 billion in oil money it says was stolen by U.S. institutions in the wake of the 2003 invasion.

In a letter to sent the UN sent last month the Iraqi parliament asked for help finding and recovering the money, which disappeared from the Development Fund of Iraq.

The parliament’s Integrity Committee called the disappearance of the money a “financial crime'”‘ but said UN Security Council resolutions prevent Iraq from making a claim against the United States.

“All the indications are that the institutions of the United States of America committed financial corruption by stealing the money of the Iraqi people, which was allocated to develop Iraq, (and) that it was about $17 billion,’ said the letter. ‘Our committee decided to send this issue to you … to look into it and restore the stolen money.”

Bahaa al-Araji, the head of the Integrity Committee, said the appeal to the UN could help Iraq recover its money by putting its case before the international community. “We cannot sue the Americans. Laws do not allow us to do that. All we want is to get this issue to the UN,” he said. “If this works, it will open the way for Iraq to restore its stolen money.”

[Excerpt of Daily Mail article]

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