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07/03/11

Iran's Guards Chief Denies Smuggling Through IRGC Piers

Source: Mehr News Agency

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC commander, has said that no financial transaction is carried out at the military piers belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

IRGC Chief, General Mohammad Ali Jafari
IRGC Chief, General Mohammad Ali Jafari

"This institution like other military institutions controls a number of military piers, but no financial transaction is conducted there," Jafari told the Mehr News Agency on Sunday.

He added that certain people raise such issues to divert the government's attention from the places through which goods are smuggled.

All illegal border checkpoints must be closed: Ahmadinejad

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that all illegal border checkpoints must be closed. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in an address to a conference on smuggled goods in Tehran on Saturday.

He went on to say that no ministry is allowed to establish ports outside the supervision of the customs office.


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) with Mohammad General Ali Jafari (February 2010)

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said there is a huge difference between the amount of goods exported and the revenues generated, adding this indicates some other goods are imported through illegal border checkpoints.

Noting that Iran's customs revenues fall short of target, he said customs revenues should stand at around 90,000 to 100,000 billion rials but it was only 70,000 billion rials at the end of the last Iranian calendar year (which ended on March 20).

On fight against smuggled goods, he said the campaign is not effective as it should be, saying the people involved in such attempts should not take bribes

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