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10/20/03

MPs might impeach Oil Minister over link of Iran firm in Statoil scandal

Iranian MP Nouroddin Pirmoazzen has said that the Majlis (parliament) will impeach Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh if the reported bribery by the Norwegian oil company Statoil to an Iranian firm is proved, IRNA reported from Tehran on Monday quoting the local press.

The Persian-language newspaper 'Mardomsalari' quoted Pirmoazzen as saying that the Majlis had been shocked over the reports of a wave of top official resignations in Statoil in connection with an alleged bribery of 15 million dollars to an Iranian company, stressing that this has made the MPs to consider summoning Zangeneh to the chamber. "Although sending a delegation from Iran to Norway to collect more data (about Statoil's bribery case) will be fruitful, the oil minister will be called to appear at the Majlis to clarify the details of the issue," he said.

"Mr. Zangeneh will definitely break his silence before the representatives of the people," Pirmoazzen said, addint that the MPs are waiting to hear Zangeneh's explanations on the issue, and that the oil minister will be impeached if the alleged bribery to the Iranian company is proved.

"If the issue is proved, Zangeneh's impeachment will be definite, and the MPs will not hesitate in dealing with that case," he said. "Still, according to what I know about Zangeneh, I am sure that he will leave the Oil Ministry himself if the bribery case is proved,"he maintained.

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