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Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani announced the return of more than 182 billion Iraqi dinars (about $125 million), previously stolen from the tax authorities, to the state treasury. RIA Novosti reports his words during a press conference in Baghdad.

The competent authorities managed to recover the first part of the money worth more than 182 billion dinars, al-Sudani said.

According to him, the investigative commission identified those who contributed to the embezzlement of the trust funds. Among them were members of the tax inspectorate and other supervisory bodies.

In October, Iraqi authorities put 27 former government officials on the wanted list. According to a spokesman for the Iraqi Integration Commission, the accused include four ministers from the Alawi government - former Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan - as well as former labor, transportation, energy, and housing ministers. Dozens of employees of the Iraqi Defense Ministry were also wanted.

Iraqi investigators believe the officials spent between $1 billion and $2.5 billion on the purchase of weapons at inflated prices. The difference between the real price of the weapons and the price ascribed to them was allegedly deposited in the pockets of the officials.

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