$2.5B financial fraud case disclosed in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
A financial fraud case in Iran related to paying 65 trillion rials (about $2.5 billion) to a person by a private bank has been disclosed.
Iran's judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani said the fraud case will be investigated in the near future, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on Feb. 18.
There are 2-3 major financial fraud cases which should be investigated, he said, adding that the person has reportedly transferred a portion of the money to another country.
In Dec. 2014, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on the heads of the three branches of the Iranian government (the administration, parliament and the Judiciary) to fight corruption.
"Take decisive and operational decisions without any consideration (in regards to the guilty official's rank)," Iran's leader said.
Iran stood at 136th place among 175 countries in terms of the Corruption Perceptions in 2014, Transparency International said in its annual report released Dec. 3.
The Corruption Perceptions index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index assigns scores of between one and 100, one being highly corrupt and 100 clean.
Iran obtained a score of 27 in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions index, while the country's score in 2013 index stood at 25.
The country's rank started falling during the administration of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005 - 2013). The worse ranking belongs to 2009, when Iran ranked 168.