I Can’t Believe I Agree With Ahmadinejad On Something!

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 21-09-2011

Never in my wildest imaginings, would I have ever thought that I would agree with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about anything. But when someone gets something right, you just have to give them their due.

It is been reported, that Iran’s state prosecutor says authorities have arrested 19 suspects in a $2.6 billion bank fraud, that is described as the biggest financial corruption scam in Iran’s history. The Shargh Daily, a pro-reform Iranian newspaper, as well as many other local newspapers in Iran have reported prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei as saying, a lot more people are going to be taken into custody for participating in this scam.

It’s interesting, that Ahmadinejad has been put into the position of having to defend a close personal friend and advisor, and Chief of Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei who’s been accused of being in on the scandal. A statement issued on Ahmadinejad’s personal website last Thursday, that his buddy Mashaei at absolutely nothing to do with this massive fraud.

I think I like how the Iranians have handled this: First, government regulators have gone in and frozen all of the assets of any and all businessmen who have been identified as being suspects in his $2.6 billion fraud. Primary among these is a Mr. Amir-Mansour Aria. The primary accusation leveled at Aria, is that he had forged documents in order to obtain credit from several financial institutions which included one of the largest banks in the Middle East, the Bank Saderat Iran.

Iranian officials suspicion that Aria used the forged documents and subsequent credit, to buy Khuzestan Steel – as well as other state owned companies – during a rather controversial 2004 government privatization scheme.  Let’s see, government taking over private business…. Somehow that sounds familiar. But I digress.

There is also the matter of a letter that has been recently leaked by certain conservative websites, signed by Ahmadinejad’s buddy Mashaei. In the letter, he appears to give the green light to buy that state owned steel company – Khuzestan Steel – without going through the proper channels, and using the appropriate procedures.  But very predictably, Ahmadinejad’s office says Mashaei is as clean as an Intel assembly room.

Interestingly, this massive financial fraud has come to light smack dab in the middle of a vicious power struggle with Iranian conservatives who support Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. So it’s probably reasonable to conclude, that this huge fraud scandal could be part and parcel of a political power play.

But I still have to respect the way these guys handled this: $2.6 billion of innocent people’s money is missing – nobody will say where it is – so round up everyone who’s under suspicion, freeze their assets, throw them into jail, and tell them that they will all stay there, until somebody decides to tell the truth!

Ya know, I kinda’ like that!  Maybe there’s a lesson to to be learned here.


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