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Iran jails four former officials for corruption

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Four former Iranian officials, including one who held a key Oil Ministry position and an ex-customs director, have been jailed for up to five years for taking bribes and embezzlement, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said those convicted also included a former sales executive of state-owned Iran Khodro, the region’s biggest car maker, and a former state bank employee, but declined to give their names.

Jamshidi said a former director of an Oil Ministry unit for legal affairs involved in contracts was jailed for four years and fined a total of around $700,000, both in rials and U.S. dollars, on charges of accepting bribes and commissions.

A former deputy head of a Bank Mellat branch was sentenced to five years imprisonment and fined 440 million rials ($47,000) while the ex-Iran Khodro executive received eight months in jail and a fine of 100 million rials.

Jamshidi also said the former customs official, who was a director of international affairs, was jailed but did not say for how long. He was fined 230 million rials.

He did not say when the four convicted ex-officials held office.