Iran's supreme leader slams “unconventional” salaries

Politics Materials 6 July 2016 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 6

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized unconventionally high salaries paid to some senior managers in the country describing them as being “unfair”.

Addressing the worshipers in Tehran after Eid al-Fitr prayers on July 6, the leader urged the country’s officials to strictly deal with the issue of “illegitimate’ salaries, IRNA news agency reported.

He praised President Hassan Rouhani, Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli-Larijani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani for taking correct stances against the illegal payments.

Those who violated the law must be punished, he added.

Describing the unconventional salaries as “illegal”, he said those who abused their authority must be dismissed.

He further added that those officials who have received unconventionally high salaries must return the amount to the system.

Over the past two months, President Hassan Rouhani’s government has been harshly criticized as the payslips of several high-ranking government employees were leaked online, revealing that they were receiving unusually high salaries or bonuses.

The payslips showed that several top officials in the country’s financial sector, in particular banking officials, had received salaries easily tens of times greater than average Iranians receive. The published documents also included the ones indicating that the officials had received huge facilities as well.

A couple of heads of leading Iranian banks were dismissed following the