Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

A disastrous attempt to fix the falling value of the rial in April added to the anger after the government revealed that politically-connected importers were hoarding the cheap dollars or selling them on the black market. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
Updated 12 August 2018
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Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

  • Iran’s judiciary said 67 people have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a corruption crackdown
  • More than 100 government employees have also been barred from leaving the country

TEHRAN: Iran’s judiciary said Sunday that 67 people have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a corruption crackdown approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
More than 100 government employees have also been barred from leaving the country, spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said, according to the judiciary-linked Mizan news agency.
“Our enemy America has decided to put pressure on people and it intends to put our economy under pressure, but to no avail,” Ejeie said.
“There are individuals who try to use this opportunity and hoard basic goods and increase pressure on people by hoarding and smuggling,” he added.
On Saturday, Khamenei approved a request from the head of the judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes.
“The goal is that the punishment of convicts of economic corruption be carried out urgently and justly,” Khamenei wrote in a response published on his website.
Increased pressure from the United States, including its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions, have exacerbated long-standing public anger over mismanagement and corruption in the economy.
A disastrous attempt to fix the falling value of the rial in April added to the anger after the government revealed that politically-connected importers were hoarding the cheap dollars or selling them on the black market.
Earlier this month, the head of the central bank was sacked and his deputy in charge of foreign exchange arrested.
Corruption is deeply entrenched in Iran, where an opaque business environment provides huge opportunities for embezzlement and market manipulation.
With protests and strikes taking on a political edge in many places, pressure has mounted from all sides to take more concerted action against corruption.


Yemen government condemns assassinations after education official’s death

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Yemen government condemns assassinations after education official’s death

  • Masked gunmen assassinated Ramzi Sagheer, Director of a private school and a member of the education department in Aden province.
  • The government condemning repeated crimes and assassinations in the temporary capital of Aden

The Yemeni government condemned continued assassinations after gunmen shot dead an education ministry official at the southern port city of Aden on Sunday.

The government released a statement, quoted by the official news agency, condemning repeated crimes and assassinations in the temporary capital of Aden.

Masked gunmen assassinated Ramzi Sagheer, Director of a private school and a member of the education department in Aden province.

Assailants targeted Ramzi with a barrage of bullets fired from silenced weapons while he was leaving his own private school in Mansourah district of Aden.

Ramzi participated in many campaigns about the importance of teaching women in Yemen.

The statement said that investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi arrived in New York on Thursday evening to attend the at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly that will begin tomorrow, Sept. 25.

Hadi is expected to deliver a speech on the current situation in Yemen and the country’s future challenges.

The Yemeni army has been carrying out large sweep operation against the Houthi militia in Al-Bayda and Hodeidah where the army has reported major advances this week.