Iraqi prime minister pledges to stamp out corruption this year
Following criticism from the nation's highest Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, that the current government has done little to combat graft, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to stamp out corruption. In a speech at a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of the Iraqi police force in Baghdad, Abadi said: "2016 is the year of eliminating corruption, there is no such thing as acceptable corruption and non-acceptable corruption".
Egyptian court upholds Mubarak jail sentence for corruption
The Court of Cassation in Egypt upheld a three-year prison sentence for ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons for corruption in respect of embezzlement of 125 million Egyptian pounds from funds meant for the maintenance of presidential palaces. The three will have to pay a fine and to return 21 million pounds to the state treasury; however, they will not be returned to prison, having already served the sentences.
Arab anti-corruption convention opens
The first Conference of States Parties to Arab Convention Against Corruption opened in Cairo in late December 2015, chaired by Kuwaiti Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Yaqoub Al-Sanea. Al-Sanea expressed hope that the conference would see "constructive steps toward combating corruption" by Arab states within the framework of the Arab Convention to Fight Corruption signed in 2010.