Industry minister's top aide arrested in Iran embezzlement case
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 /Trend, M. Moezzi/
A top aid to Iran's minister of industry mines and commerce has been arrested in the investigation of a huge embezzlement case, the Islamic Students News Agency (ISNA) reports.
Four members of Iran's Majlis (parliament) were summoned by the country's attorney general to answer questions about the $3 billion "Amir Mansour Arya" embezzlement scandal, named for its alleged mastermind. In addition, a Majlis member's son has been arrested in connection to the case, ISNA added.
Meanwhile, Fars news agency cited a knowledgeable member of Majlis who said that the deputy industry minister was accused of financial crimes and connections with the "deviant current." This term refers to some of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's top aides who are opposed by government officials and media outlets.