Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.29 / Trend F.Milad/
The deputy head of the Central Bank of Iran has been arrested over the recent $2.8 billion bank fraud case, some Iranian newspapers reported on Saturday.
Sharq, Khorasan, Keyhan and Jomhouri Eslami daily reported that Hamid Pourmohammadi, the deputy governor of the Iranian central bank, and another banking official have been arrested. A member of the parliament (Majlis) has also been called on to comment on this issue.
Iran's Prosecutor General Hojjatoleslam Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said on Friday two other suspects have been arrested over the recent $2.8 billion bank corruption case.
He declined to name the two suspects, but said that the case is passing its legal stages.
Mohseni-Ejei said earlier that Iran has arrested 35 suspects regarding the embezzlement case which was described as Iran's biggest case of embezzlement.
The embezzlement case started in 2007 by
Amir Mansour Arya Investment Company, headed by Khosravi, and progressed in 2010 after some Iranian major banks, including Bank Saderat and Bank Melli, issued loans for the company.
The Javan Daily reported that Khosravi owns 38 factories, most of which are steel factories. He had registered a company with 200 billion rials ($20 million) five years ago and had bought 230 acres of land on Kish Island and hundreds acres of land near Kashanak at the price of 16 rials (0.16 cent) per meter.
Ejei confirmed that the company's assets worth $4.2 billion were seized and bank accounts were blocked.
Iranian officials say that the case involved the use of fraudulent documents to obtain credit for this investment company, one of the country's top financial institutions. The company used them to purchase assets such as state-owned companies.