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Some Iranian MPs summoned over $2.6b fraud case, Mashaei's nephew arrested

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

A number of MPs have been summoned over the recent $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has announced.

Nephew of Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, is among those arrested recently (see report by Mehr News Agency)


Ejei, who was assigned on September 15 to investigate the fraud case, made the remarks at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

"A number of (parliament) representatives have been summoned, and, as suspects, were asked some questions," said Ejei, who is also the national prosecutor general.

"The cases of some lawmakers are still open and are being investigated," he added.

He also said that about 100 people have been interrogated in the case so far. "Forty-eight of those who were interrogated were being held in temporary detention."

Some have been released on bail, but 23 people are being held in temporary detention, Ejei added.

Deputy CBI governor arrested

The deputy governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Hamid Pourmohammadi, has recently been arrested in connection with the fraud scheme.

Hamid Pourmohammadi

CBI Governor Mahmoud Bahmani on Tuesday expressed regret over Pourmohammadi's arrest, saying, "It is not fair that the central bank has come under fire. The central bank is not concerned about (possible) sanctions, but it is worried about criticisms at home. If they put pressure on the central bank, the entire system will face problems."

"The issue is being investigated by the Judiciary. Our country's banking system has the most scrupulous employees," he added.

Bahmani also said that no one should provide the enemies with pretexts to create a commotion about the country, adding, "International restrictions have been imposed on Iran, and this point should be taken into consideration."

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