December 9, 2021

Government Accountability Rebuts Kurdish Prime Minister’s Libel

A Government Accountability Project investigation, published in the American Prospect revealed Masrour Barzani, the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, was the secret owner of a $18.3 million pharmacy in Miami, Florida through anonymous shell companies.

Rather than addressing the serious allegations, Masrour Barzani accused our investigator of being motivated by having an affair with a Kurdish anti-corruption activist. Our investigator has never met this activist. This is a sexist and libelous attempt to distract from the Prime Minister’s corruption. It is also a dangerous abuse of power, coming from the office of the Prime Minister.

We stand by our report, which is based on public records. Government Accountability Project condemns the attacks on whistleblowers, activists, and journalists in Kurdistan and condemns the financial secrecy of the Kurdish Prime Minister.


Contact: Andrew Harman, Communications Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 926-3304 

Government Accountability Project 

Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.