Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Al-Karbalaei

Dear brothers and sisters…

I bring to your attention the following matters:-

First Matter:

Yesterday, the savage terrorists carried out a car bomb in Alawt al

Jamila, Baghdad that resulted in the death and injuries of hundreds of

innocent citizens, to which ISIS announced its adoption of the criminal

act for this heinous and unashamed sectarian crime, as these brutal crimes

coincide in retaliation to the decent Iraqi people who blessedly stood by

their sons in the armed forces and heroic volunteers and all those who

care as a strong barrier in the face of them to stop them achieving their

ominous aims, as we express our sympathy and solidarity with the

bereaved families and their loved ones asking for peace on the souls of

who died in this vicious attack, and we pray for the speedy recovery of

the wounded. We emphasise that these atrocities will not break the will of

the Iraqi people, but rather increases his determination to continue

fighting until we achieve the final victory and rid the country of terrorists’

abomination with the help of Allah The Almighty. We also emphasise

once again on the responsible government agencies the need to speed up

the reform process of the security and intelligence institutions, in order to

perform its required role in providing security and stability and detect

terrorist acts before they occur.

Second matter:

The fight against rampant corruption in government institutions

was one of the most important concerns of the Supreme Religious

Authority since the early years of the regime change, confirmed over and

over again in the past ten years in the issued statements in its office in

Najaf Al Ashraf and its Friday sermons, on the importance of adopting

serious steps in the fight against financial and administrative corruption

and that no security, no development and no progress can be witnessed

without it. I would like to read for your attention segments from data

released by the Supreme Religious Authority’s Office in this regard over

the past years; In April 2006, a nearly ten years ago and after the first

session of the House of Representatives elections and prior to the

formation of the government, the office issued a statement stating:

“Other than that the next government tasks that are anti-administrative

corruption, rampant in importance in most state institutions degree

portends grave danger, it must develop practical mechanisms for the

elimination of this incurable disease and prosecute corruptors judicially

whoever they are”

In September 2006, after the formation of the government, the

office issued a statement reiteration emphasising once again the need to

combat corruption and abuse of power that causes the loss of Iraqi state

resources, stressing the necessary role that enables the judiciary to

exercise its role in corruption cases issuing the appropriate legal

sentences as soon as possible.

In February 2011, the office issued a statement stating:

“The supreme religious authority calls the House of Representatives and

the Iraqi government to take serious and concrete steps to improve public

services, especially electricity and the allowance items, and provide

work opportunities for the unemployed, and the fight against rampant

corruption in various government departments, and before this and that

make critical decisions to cancel unacceptable privilege granted to

existing and former members of the House of Representatives and

provincial councils and senior officials in the government of ministers

and those with special grades and others, and to refrain from the

introduction of non-essential government positions annually, costing vast

sums of money belonging to the oppressed peoples, and the abolition of

currently existing ones”

These are examples issued by the Supreme Religious Authority

previously and currently calling on the continuing need to combat

corruption in the state, which unfortunately we did not witness any

attentive ears for in the past years.

Third matter:

Several decisions to reform government institutions and the fight

against corruption has been announced in recent days, to achieve a degree

of social justice, which we value and we hope those decisions find their

ways into actual implementation in the near future. We would like to note

that the most important requirements of the reform process:

Firstly/ Reform of the judiciary; it is an important milestone in the

completion of the reform compilation and cannot be actual real reform

without it, for rampant corruption is existent even in the judiciary, but

there are certainly quite a few honourable judiciary who did not

contaminate their hands in bribery, who cannot be blamed for any aspect

of the corrupted system. They are whom we must rely on in the reform

process of the judiciary, to be based as a foundation to repair the rest of

the state institutions.

Secondly/ There are many laws and decrees issued in the past years,

which have opened broad prospects for the practice of corruption in its

various forms, which must be assigned to the government and the House

of Representatives to reconsider these laws and decisions and to work on

modifying or abolishing what it sees as required in the sole public

interest. In contrast, there is an urgent need for legislative laws and

decision-making which reform cannot be practised without, which it is

the most important of reform laws; the Law on the ranking salaries to

state employees, that takes into account social justice as it is not

acceptable that some senior officials have salaries amounting to tens of

millions per month, not reaching the monthly salaries for many

employees of mere three hundred thousand dinars. We hope that the

government and the House of Representatives and the Supreme Judicial

Council conduct the required reforms are well thought out without

reluctance and delay, bearing in mind that the decent population are

watching their work and will be watchful to see them pursue their

performance and take appropriate stance against those who hinder or

procrastinate in performing reforms and anti-corruption. Logically, this

offers officials a reasonable opportunity to prove their good intentions to

the process of reform without apprehension of pushing the country into

chaos and in disabling the interests of people and engaging in any futile

rhetoric matters.

… We ask Allah The All Almighty to help all to what is good for Iraqis…