Iran arrests 10 on multi-billion corruption charges
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iran has arrested 10 employees of a customhouse on financial corruption charges amounting to $4.8 billion.
The 10 who used to work at Parvizkhan Customhouse in Kermanshah Province in western Iran were arrested by intelligence forces and sent to prison, Tasnim news agency reported Sept. 2.
The report says the huge size of the crime indicates there are more people to be arrested in the case.
One of the charges set up against the perpetrators is facilitating the entry of over 800 tons of pure grain alcohol into the country. The supply of edible alcohol is forbidden in Iran because Islamic law forbids its consumption as drink.
The report says the suspects have also helped some 2,000 temporary-entry containers to smuggle goods into the country.