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Iran's Judiciary officials dismissed over Jazayeri escape

TEHRAN, March 3 (Mehr News Agency) - In response to the escape of embezzler Shahram Jazayeri-Arab, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi on Saturday dismissed the director of the Economic Affairs Center of the Judiciary, the warden of Evin Prison, and two judges who had been investigating economic corruption in the Jazayeri case.

Shahram Jazayeri-Arab

In a letter to Tehran Province Justice Department chief Abbasali Alizadeh, Shahrudi dismissed Economic Affairs Center director Elyas Mahmudi, the warden of Evin Prison, and judges Vahid Karbalaii-Aqamaleki and Kamal Hosseinzadeh.

Shahram Jazayeri-Arab, 31, was first arrested in 2001 on charges of economic corruption, disrupting the national export system, bribery, forgery, and misappropriating governmental assets.

On February 21, Jazayeri escaped from the police while being escorted to the office of court-appointed financial experts, where he was to identify certain properties.

Shahrudi had previously appointed a three-person panel to investigate the Jazayeri escape and prepare a report.

Last Monday, the appeals court sentenced Jazayeri to 14 years in prison and 10 years in exile, banned him from economic activities and trading for 10 years after his release, and fined him $122,824,200.

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