Iran’s interior ministry ready to clarify issue of ‘dirty money’ in politics
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's interior ministry stands ready to clarify the issue of 'dirty money', which is entering the political arena.
The ministry's spokesman, Hossein Ali Amiri said the ministry is ready to provide transparent information about the dirty money to the parliament, Iran's ISNA news agency reported Mar. 29.
Meanwhile, the parliament's vice speaker, Mohammad Reza Bahonar, said every member of the parliament spends about $100,000 during the election.
Interior Minister Abdol Reza Rahmani Fazli said in a conference on illegal drugs in Tehran on Feb. 21 that some money made by drug trafficking "enters the political scene and is spent in the form of help in elections and decision-makings."
Fazli also said, "A great part of moral corruption in the country has to do with the introduction of dirty money into politics."
On Mar. 8, Akbar Torkan, senior consultant to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the government will reveal the names of many who try to enter the country's political scene through illegitimate money.
"We will not let some people gain victory with dirty money and we will disclose things whenever necessary," he asserted, referring to the next parliamentary elections of Iran to be held in early 2016.
"This intellectual, political, and economic current sought its interests in the unjustified opportunities of the previous administration. They will not be able to claim they are clean of their crimes and their assistance in the crimes even if they baptize ten times," he added.