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Iran arrests 19 involved in embezzlement scandal

09-19-2011 16:14 BJT

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iranian state prosecutor Gholam- Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said 19 people have been arrested for being involved in a bank embezzlement scandal, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Monday.

Iranian media recently reported that several Iranian banks, including Saderat Bank, were swindled out of nearly 2.6 billion U. S. dollars in more than two years by a holding company named Amir Mansour Aria. This scam is said to be one of the biggest frauds in history of the Islamic republic.

Mohseni-Ejei was quoted by Mehr as saying that a number of suspects have been banned from leaving the country and some others, who intended to transfer their money and properties, were banned from financial transactions.

The prosecutor also criticized certain administration officials for trying to divert the public opinion from the case rather than apologizing to the people.

On Sunday, head of the Iranian General Inspection Organization, Mostafa Pourmohammdi, said in a report to the parliament that some governmental officials were involved in providing facilitation for the embezzlers of some 2.6 billion U.S. dollars from Iranian banks.

Mohseni-Ejei was assigned Sunday by Iran's judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani to investigate the embezzlement case, said local media.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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