Anti-Corruption Campaign will Continue in Syria

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Syria's anti-corruption campaign will continue as a top priority of presidential heir apparent Bashar Assad, Syria's state-run Tishrin newspaper said Sunday. 

"Modernizing the state, creating solid infrastructures and continuing the fight against corruption to eradicate it are the priorities in the next step" under Bashar, the designated successor to his late father, Tishrin said. 

The editorial came one day after Syria announced that three former government ministers were found guilty of fraud surrounding an order of Airbus planes for SyrianAir. The accused included former prime minister Mahmoud Zu'bi, who killed himself in May while under investigation for corruption. 

"Fighting against corruption is our objective, as modernization demands that we remove those who used the law for their own interests," Tishrin said. 

The newspaper called for respect of the country's central inspection body in charge of corruption investigations. 

"It's necessary to clean up the atmosphere by rooting out (corrupt officials) and not just transferring them to other government bodies," Tishrin said. 

Prime Minister Mohammed Mustapha Miro, appointed in March, announced as a top priority an anti-corruption campaign, with the backing of Bashar Assad - DAMASCUS (AFP) 

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