Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 10 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Head of Iran's Inspection organization Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi has answered to previous accusations of Iranian first vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi regarding the $17 million theft, Mehr reported.
"Why are we not being accused openly?," Pour-Mohammadi said. "We can respond to the accusations accordingly."
Rahimi earlier, without mentioning the name, accused president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ex-minister of illegally taking $17 million from the government.
Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi expressed his regret over the accusations.
"All of the money were loaned to the employees of the Interior Ministry," Pour-Mohammadi said.
He added that since the money was loaned, the ministry's employees should be returning it - an issue that current Interior Minister should handle.
Meanwhile, Rahimi himself has been accused of insurance fraud back in 2010.
In 2009 Rahimi became the first Vice President of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a year later he was accused of insurance fraud of over $1 million.
Based on the claims of at least two members of Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Rahimi was the head of a corruption band that became known as Fatemi Circle.