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Iranian vice-president named in fraud case


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mohammadreza Rahimi

In the eighth trial session of the insurance fraud case that allegedly involves the Tehran governor's office, one of the accused claimed that 1.5 billion toumans was given to Mohammadreza Rahimi, chief deputy to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranian media report that that the eighth session of this case was held today, Monday June 11, and the defendant today, who is referred to in the media as the "Black Box" of the fraud case, described details of bribes given to top officials, including Vice-President Mohammadreza Rahimi.

He claimed that the money was directly deposited in Rahimi's account, and the cheque can be verified through the auditor's office.

The accused added that Rahimi was angry that the cheque had been sent to the auditor's office and added that he has already told the judiciary about the involvement of the vice-president and filed a suit against him.

Earlier, another defendant in the same case also mentioned Rahimi's name in the fraud operation but later withdrew his testimony.

Elias Naderan, a Member of Parliament, has named Rahimi as the head of this fraud case, but Ahmadinejad has rejected the allegations.

On Saturday, Tehran Governor Morteza Tamaddon and Science Minister Kamran Daneshjoo were also named in the case as officials receiving bribes.

The Tehran governor has denied any involvement in the case.

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