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News: Iran Economy

Former Iran Regime Lawmaker: The Shah Was Corrupt, but the People Were Clean. Today, Everybody Is Corrupt, but the Leader Is Clean!

Alireza Zakani, former senior member of the Iranian regime Parliament

In an unprecedented comparison between the former and the current regimes ruling Iran, a former member of the regime’s Parliament (Majlis) accused society of being engulfed in corruption while the Islamic ruling clique remain clean; while confessing that under the former regime, the Shah was corrupt but society stayed clean and detested his corruption, a detestation which led to the Shah’s downfall.

Former lawmaker Alireza Zakani made the remarks on Wednesday, October 2 in a gathering dubbed “First round of specialized war on corruption” in Tehran.

Some 120 people participated in the event, according to the Fars news agency, which is affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards. The event was held under the auspices of the National Base to Fight Economic Corruption in Tehran, in the former US Embassy premises in Tehran.

As the keynote speaker in the conference, Zakani did not explain what had caused the inversion during the four decades of the mullahs’ rule.  

“Although the Islamic Revolution has certainly got a regional and international perspective, our Islamic Republic is not safe from vice such as economic corruption. Deep down, we find a secret mafia with a hidden love for power, for wealth, and for foreigners,” Zakani affirmed.

In his lengthy speech, Zakani entered into details of how billions of rials (Iran’s national currency) had been embezzled by those close to power. As an example, he explained the case of a ‘corruption duo’ consisting of a certain Tabari, from the Judiciary, and a Danialzadeh, from the executive branch. The two cooperated in embezzling public funds. Zakani explained that Danialzadeh had fled the country although he stood accused of a 30 billion rial theft.

“In fact, they took him away. Corrupt elements joined hands and made their network. Nowadays this network is generalized, and people talk about embezzlements of the order of five trillion, 10 trillion, 20 trillion, 30 trillion, and even 90 trillion rials,” the former lawmaker said.

In spite of such astronomic figures, Zakani claimed that the Islamic system was safe from corruption.

“After the revolution, corruption was rare, it developed during the 1980s, and then in the 2000s, it became epidemic. But in the Islamic system, it is impossible for corruption to become systematic, as this is a system based on Islam, and Islam does not tolerate the least corruption. As long as the supreme leader is leading the regime, somebody at his level of knowledge and belief, and there are anti-corruption elements inside the ruling class, we might talk of corruption networks but this is not systematic corruption.”

“It is a good sign that Hossein Fereydoon (Hassan Rouhani’s brother) has been condemned to five years in prison and the condemnation has been confirmed. Even if this individual is kept in a luxury prison, the mere fact that he is not free and cannot harm the country’s economy is a good thing for our economy!” Zakani said on the prison term for the brother of the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani. 

Rouhani's younger brother and confidant Hossein Fereydoun were sentenced to five years in jail for "receiving bribes," a Judiciary spokesman announced in Tehran on October 1.

 

Fereydoun must also pay a fine and return 310 billion rials (nearly $7.4 million at the official rate of exchange announced by the government).

The spokesman said this is the final verdict issued by the Court of Appeal that has reduced a previous 7-year jail sentence to five years.

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