Iran arrests main suspect of $2.8 billion bank corruption
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 18 /Trend corr. A. Qurbanova/
Iran has arrested main suspect of $2.8 billion bank corruption, Fars News Agency reported quoting Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamsoldin Hosseini as saying.
"The main suspect has been arrested," he said
Responding to reporters on weather the suspect is Amir Mansour Arya , he noted" If the main suspect is this person then I have to say he is arrested,"
Further information over bank corruption will be issued by the governor of Central Bank of Iran Mahmoud Bahmani and Intelligent minister, he added.
Parliament started to review $2.8 billion bank fraud on its Sunday session behind closed doors Sunday.
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 from the Centre of Communication, Information and Publicity under the Iranian Presidential Office 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.