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Iran: 14 new suspects arrested in $2.6b financial fraud case


Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Fourteen new suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent $2.6 billion financial fraud case, Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has announced.

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

"Over the past three days, 20 people were summoned in connection with the recent economic corruption case and were interrogated, and 14 of them were placed in temporary detention," said Ejei, who is also the national prosecutor general.

A number of bank managers are among those arrested, he added.

He also said, "About two weeks ago, 22 people, who were involved in the case, were interrogated, and a number of these people are being held in detention, and some have been released on bail."

Ejei also announced that a number of people who were involved in the case have been banned from leaving the country.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ejei said that the Judiciary is "not under any political pressure."

The most massive financial fraud case in the history of Iran has triggered a wave of resignations and dismissals of the banking officials.

The financial fraud case continues to get high coverage in Iranian newspapers (resport)

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