Monday, 11 June 2012

The Latest from Iran (11 June): A Fraud Case Reaches the Government

0520 GMT: Critics of the Government have claimed for many months that its members, notably 1st Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, are caught up in an multi-million dollar insurance fraud; however, it is only in recent weeks that the trial of 85 defendants has brought the "Fatemi Street" case to the doorstep of the Government.

Rahimi was not named among the defendants; however, his name has often surfaced in the hearing, and on Sunday other political figures were pulled into the allegations. One defendant, "J.A.", said Rahimi had accepted a bribe on behalf of Mohammad Reza Bahonar, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament; J.A. had the proof, he said, because he had installed a listening device in Rahimi's office.

Meanwhile, away from the courts, Tehran Province Governor Morteza Tamaddon launched a separate allegation at the Government. He claimed that Kamran Daneshjoo, the Minister of Higher Education and Science, had received a 500 million Toman (about $410,000 at current official rate) bribe as President Ahmadinejad's campaigner in 2009.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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