Iranian first vice president pursues Ahamadinejad`s aid to his university

Photo: Iranian first vice president pursues Ahamadinejad`s aid to his university / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, September 2 /Trend, N. Umid/

Iranian first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri is pursuing the case of $6.45 million (based on official rate of 24,800 rials per each USD) which was transferred by Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from Iranian president's bank account to his own bank account which was opened for attracting aid to his private university -'Iranians', advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, Akbar Torkan said, Bashgahe-Khabarnegaran news portal reported.

Transferring $6.45 million to Iranians University is a criminal act and is against the law, Iranian media outlets reported on Saturday citing Akbar Torkan as saying.

"The money transfer was completely illegal and Ahmadinejad's administration had no right to do such a thing," Torkan said.

"First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has confirmed that the transfer is illegal," he said, adding that the government would follow the issue.

Meanwhile, Iran's Former Vice President Hamid Baghaei has claimed that the money transfer was completely legal.

Iranians University claimed that it has returned the government's aid, without mentioning the amount.

"Although the aid which was granted by the previous administration was legal and common, the university has decided to return the money to the current government in order to avoid any misjudgment," the university's public relations office announced on Saturday.

Iran's supreme Audit Court has blocked the Ahmadinejad- Baghaei`s joint bank account which was opened on August 1, for funding Iranians University, Mehr news agency reported on Sunday citing an "informed" source in Supreme Audit court.

The report dismissed returning the money to the current government because the bank account is blocked and inaccessible.

Baghaei has went repeatedly to Mellat Bank's branch in northern Palestine Avenue for withdrawing the $6.45 million from the bank account during last days, Ayandeh news portal reported, adding that, head of the bank did not agree with money withdrawal due to recommendations from some "officials".

Ahmadinejad decided to establish a university in Iranian capital of Tehran. The country's Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has accepted Ahmadinejad`s application to establish the university.

Ahmadinejad later appointed his fellow-workers to new posts at his university. Ex-minister of economy and finance Shamsaddin Hosseini, and ex-head of Iranian presidential administration Hamid Baghaei have been appointed as deputies in the university.

Ahmadinejad also appointed his ex-Vice president in planning Behrouz Moradi to a post. The ex-president himself was said to devote most of his time to the university.

There were some reports published about Iranian Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution not approving the list of university founders because of such people as Esfandiyar Mashaei and Hamid Baghaei being on it, who were previously criticized by conservatives and religious leaders of Iran.

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