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172 Iranian MPs lambaste IRIB's gross financial misconduct

Some 172 Majlis representatives in a letter on Tuesday to the Majlis Presiding Board called for a probe into the recent report by special Parliament Inspection Commission on the organization's financial offenses and deal with the politically- motivated stance of IRIB's President Ali Larijani, IRNA reported from Tehran.

A lawmaker, Ebrahim Amini read the letter in the Parliament's open session on Tuesday and said, "The huge amount pertaining to the organization's financial offenses totalling rls 525 billion (about dlrs 656 million) is based on only five accounts out of 200 accounts of the organization which has amazed all sensitive officials engaged in dealing with gross financial misconduct."

IRIB president's actions in deriding Majlis representatives and describing the report by the special Parliamentary Inspection Commission as 'baseless' indicates that they have another definition for financial corruption and huge embezzlement which is used as a mere political tactics, said the letter.

Elsewhere, the letter said the noble Iranian nation have not forgotten the hue and cry over some financial corruption cases and how they were misused to propagate against Majlis representatives and the Majlis itself.

"Based on this report, we are now witnessing that the names of the IRIB's officials are among culprits of previous cases which have enjoyed judicial discrimination and remained safe," said the report.

To observe national expediency, the inspection commission's report has ignored a number of offenses, said the letter.

In conclusion, the MPs called on the Majlis Presiding Board to hold a closed-door session to review such offenses.

Parliament speaker urges MPs to stop wrangling on IRIB report

Parliament Speaker, Mehdi Karroubi, on Tuesday urged parliamentarians to stop wrangling on the recent report by a special commission on the performance of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

"Certain comments made at the chamber can create constraints for the management of the Parliament," Karroubi told parliamentarians at the open session.

He said the commission's investigation on the IRIB was the right of the Parliament, stressing that the issue would be referred to the Judiciary for necessary action.

The Parliament Special Inspection Commission on IRIB 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 only "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.

"I would like to declare to all officials and institutions of the system that the IRIB was investigated just like other organizations," Karroubi said.

"We are currently conducting investigations (on other institutions), and will publicize the results once the investigations are completed."

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