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Iran Parliament Speaker lashes out at IRIB supremo Larijani for "cursory" comment

Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi on Sunday lashed out at the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Ali Larijani for calling a special Parliament report on the IRIB's alleged financial offenses "cursory," IRNA reported from Tehran.

Karroubi, speaking before the Parliament's open session, said Larijani in a letter had stressed that his remarks only addressed the details of the report, and not the Parliament, the Inspection Commission, or the report, itself.

"Despite the letter, I still feel hurt by Larijani's remarks," he said.

Karroubi said the Parliament had carried out the inspection after winning the approval of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

He further said that launching investigations, as Ayatollah Khamenei had stressed, was a fundamental duty of the Legislative, as envisaged by th Constitution.

The Parliament Special Inspection Commission on IRIB's Revenues and Expenses in a report last Wednesday stressed that the organization had committed gross financial offenses totalling as much as Rls 525 billion (about Dlrs 656 million) in several cases.

The commission stressed that the report had been based on "very limited" data obtained from other institutions, as well as a few banking accounts of the IRIB. It also lashed out at the organization for failing to cooperate with commission investigations.

The inspection commission furthermore urged the Parliament Presiding Board to sue the IRIB for flouting Article 201 of the Parliament Bylaws, which stipulates that state organizations must cooperate with its probes.

The press on Saturday quoted Larijani as terming the report as cursory, stressing that it had been politically motivated.

He rejected all the Parliament's charges of financial misconduct, and vowed to follow the issue through the Judiciary.

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