Iran refutes reports on corruption (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 15 /Trend D.Khatinoglu/
The Centre of Communication, Information and Publicity under the Iranian Presidential Office has issued a statement about media reports on a $2.8 billion bank corruption case, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's allies were accused, IRNA reported .
Some Iranian newspapers, such as Keyhan, are dependent on Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who reported the relationship between corruption agents and Ahmadinejad's allies, especially the Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
The Daily Keyhan reported that in a letter, Mashaee ordered some officials to facilitate the transfer of Khuzestan Steel Company shares to those charged in Saderat Bank's corruption case.
The press release rejected any relations between Mashaei and the corruption agents, accusing oppositions of "lying."
The Head of the Bank Mohammad Jahromi said earlier that six people have been questioned for corruption so far, with three officials arrested on charges of falsifying documents and corruption, the Mehr News Agency reported.
Bank Saderat is one of Iran's major banks. It contains 3,300 active branches and a share capital of $1.6 billion.
In September 2006, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on Bank Saderat Iran, barring it from dealing with U.S. financial institutions.