As the financial crises in Kurdistan continues, corruption is still a big problem that plagues the political climate. It has come to light, under the claim of Kurdish Prime Ministers, that recently five illegal checkpoints were set-up by political party affiliated officials to collect money for personal gain. The Kurdish regional government’s parliamentary finance committee sent an official letter out calling for an end to the practice. While corruption like this has almost always been common place in Kurdistan, the loss of Kirkuk and it’s oil revenue has expounded on an already tough financial crises that afflicts the autonomous region.

Izzat Sabir, a Prime Minister for the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) and head of the finance committee, told local press, “These are the powerful individuals within KDP, PUK, and Gorran. It is not the parties themselves doing this.” He continued with, “After the loss of Kirkuk and its oil fields, the interests of some officials, some groups and some individuals in the Region changed, they have resorted to establishing illegal checkpoints, illegal companies, illegally charging heavy trucks and drivers in most of areas of the KRG [administration].”

The five checkpoints exposed were:

– Hassan Sham, near the Khazir Bridge (Erbil)

– Taq Taq-Shwan, between Taq Taq and Shwan sub-district near the Shiwa Sur Bridge (Erbil)

– Debaga, on the Sargaran road (Erbil)

– Tasluja (Sulaimani)

– Fishkhabur, on the border with Syria (Dohuk)