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U.S. Appoints Corruption Inspectors In Iraq

Baghdad, 30 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. officials in Iraq have appointed a team of inspectors to probe corruption under the former Iraqi regime.

L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. administrator in Iraq, said the team will be part of an independent Inspector General's Office, which will be responsible for monitoring each of Iraq's 25 ministries.

"The United Nations and the [Iraqi] Governing Council have begun investigations into a program that was initiated to help the Iraqi people but which instead diverted Iraq's money, allegedly, to other, possibly illicit, uses," Bremer said.

Bremer said he hopes the Inspector General's Office -- together with other institutions that will support the office -- will ensure the proper management of Iraq's public finances.