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The process of registering land in Lebanon is costing the government $200 million per year, a new report by anti-corruption NGO Sakker al-Dekkene estimated. The estimate, part of a broader investigation into corruption in government institutions, found that $50 million in bribes are being paid during the process of registering property at the Finance Ministry. According to the report, the main source of corruption is found in the valuation process of newly purchased properties.However, this process is highly open to bribes. Sakker al-Dekkene estimates that properties are usually evaluated to be 20 percent lower than their value in exchange for bribes. The report also estimated the average bribe for certain transactions.While the Finance Ministry had fewer reported cases of corruption than the Interior Ministry, the total value of the bribes collected was far higher, LL995 million compared to the Interior Ministry's LL575 million.
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