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UN names Qatar Attorney General al-Marri to key anti-corruption post

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Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fetais al-Marri has been named UN Special Advocate for Stolen Asset Recovery, local media reports state.

Al-Marri, who ordered the arrest of five people after the Villaggio fire, will work to recover money stolen from countries during the Arab Spring.

He will also try to improve relationships with countries that may be holding these assets, Gulf Times reports.

Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, says that the appointment is a reflection of Qatar’s low level of corruption. 

“One of the most important reasons for this choice is the efforts being exerted by Qatar to combat corruption as well as its leading role during the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Doha in 2009.”

In January, Transparency International released its 2011 perceived corruption index, which found Qatar to be perceived as the least corrupt country in the Middle East, and 22nd in the world, above the United States and France. 

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