Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said political life in the Islamic Republic was tainted by “dirty money”

February 21, 2015 6:17 pm

’s Interior Minister said Saturday
political life in the Islamic Republic was tainted by “dirty money”,
including from drugs, the official IRNA agency reported.
“A
large part of the moral in this country comes from the
introduction of dirty money into ,” the minister was quoted as
saying.
Iran was in 136th place out of 175 last year in an index
of nations seen as corrupt by Transparency International, a
non-governmental organization.

The minister did not say whether his example referred to any specific candidate in the June 2013 elections. (File Photo: AP)

“Part of this money is now in
politics,” said Rahmani Fazli, who was speaking during a seminar of
police officials charged with fighting drugs trafficking.
“For
example, a candidate in municipal elections spends 20 billion rials
($600,000). When asked where it came from, he says friends helped him.
This dirty money is everywhere.”
The minister did not say whether his example referred to any specific candidate in the June 2013 elections.
Rahmani
Fazli cited money both from drug trafficking and from contraband,
saying this amounted to the equivalent of nearly $20 billion (17.5
billion euros) every year.
Iran is the main transit route for much of neighboring Afghanistan’s trade in illegal narcotics.
Official
figures say the police seize 500 tons of drugs annually and have busted
2,000 bands of drugs smugglers in the past 11 months alone.
President
Hassan Rowhani, regarded as a moderate, has said the fight against
corruption is one of his priorities to rescue the crisis-hit economy.
Several graft-related scandals have recently rocked the country.
In
January, a vice-president of Rowhani’s predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
Mohammad Reza Rahimi, was sentenced to five years in prison on what
media said were corruption charges.

Tags:
shared on wplocker.com