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Policemen Pay Bribes to Receive Service Guns?
Report: Interior Ministry Officers Demand $100 for Standard-Issue Revolvers
07/06/2007 7:56 PM ET
Iraqi policeman trains with 9mm pistol at an exhibition in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 2005.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty.
Iraqi policeman trains with 9mm pistol at an exhibition in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 2005.
Allegations of corruption within the Iraqi security forces hit a new low with a recent scoop on an Arabic-language news site, in its report that Iraqi policemen are forced to pay bribes to their superiors to receive standard-issue service revolvers.

Several members of the Iraqi police said that there are many Interior Ministry commando officers who refuse to issue weapons to the police unless they receive a bribe, al-Melaf reports.

The Interior Ministry issues service revolvers to its policemen, and additional arms such as automatic rifles, but many officers refuse to distribute even the service revolvers without a bribe.

The going rate is $100 in exchange for the issue of a service revolver to a policeman, al-Melaf reports.

According to the agency, this practice is widespread among the police forces, and many complaints have been raised by policemen to the Interior Ministry about such corruption.

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