Iran’s lawmakers criticize custom services over smuggling goods, arms
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 17
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
An Iranian lawmaker has said that some people smuggle arms and alcoholic beverages from Iraq to Iran using fuel tankers.
Abrolreza Mesri has said that the fuel tankers which carry illegal equipment continue crossing the Iranian borders, Mehr news agency reported Jan. 16.
"The fuel products are imported from Iraq and it is unclear who issues permit for importing the fuel products. Arms and alcoholic beverages are carried by the tankers," Mesri added.
"It is unclear who is benefited from the fuel tankers that even ministers are unable to encounter them," he added.
On the same day another MP, Mohammad Ali Esfanani accused some officers in Iranian Customs Administration of bribery and said they receive 40 million tomans ($13,254 according to official rate on Jan.17) of bribe to allow entering the country through the country's southern coasts.
He further called for serious fight against smuggling of goods in the country and accused the customs service of failing to fulfill its duty properly.