Iran blocks 6 million bank accounts involved in money laundering
Tehran, Iran, July 3
The Headquarters to Combat Smuggling of Goods and Foreign Exchange has blocked 6 million bank accounts that were active in money laundering and smuggling, while the remaining 100,000 accounts to be closed soon, said head of the organization.
"In order to close smuggling sources and create more transparency, we have blocked 6 million accounts engaged in money laundering and smuggling, while other accounts are being investigated in cooperation with of Central Bank of Iran," said Ali Moayedi Khorramabadi, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
"About 582,000 blocked accounts belong to foreigners involved in smuggling and money laundering and less than 10,000 accounts in this category are being reviewed," he said. "The Central Bank of Iran is cooperating to identify the owners of violating accounts."
"There were cases when the account owner could not be identified; some of them were related to children that were supposedly used in money laundering activities," he noted.
"The role played by each bank in the issue will be reviewed; the banks will be questioned and the individuals will be confronted," he added.
"Some of the blocked bank accounts belonged to individuals that are already detained for smuggling and money laundering," he said.