Wives of high-ranking IRGC generals accused of financial corruption

Morteza Alviri made the allegations when asked during an interview about the role the wives of General Qasem Soleimani (C) and General Ali Jafari (L) played in transferring the ownership of a number of companies. (AFP)
Updated 08 June 2019
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Wives of high-ranking IRGC generals accused of financial corruption

  • Wives of General Qasem Soleimani and General Ali Jafari under scrutiny
  • Case involves the transferring of company ownerships

LONDON: The wives of two high-ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps members are allegedly involved in 12 cases of financial corruption, several media outlets reported on Saturday citing a member of Tehran City Council.
Council member Morteza Alviri made the allegations when asked during an interview about the role the wives of General Qasem Soleimani and General Ali Jafari played in transferring the ownership of a number of companies.
Alviri said: “Twelve complete and clear cases of serious violations were delivered to the judiciary to act. This is one of our complaints, that I recently talked about.
“That is why when a few eight-year-old girls perform at a women-only event in Milad Tower, they woke up Mr. Najafi (former Tehran mayor) at midnight to take action against it, but for twelve obvious financial violations the prosecutor’s office does not even ask for an explanation. We do have this complaint,” he added.
Mohammad Ali Najafi — a reformist mayor of the capital and a confidant of Hassan Rouahni — was handed over to Iran’s criminal court last month after confessing to killing his wife in a case that shocked the country.


Kushner: Trump wants fair deal for Palestinians

Updated 25 June 2019
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Kushner: Trump wants fair deal for Palestinians

  • Fighting new economic plan ‘a strategic mistake,’ White House adviser says
  • Says plan would double Palestinian GDP in 10 years, create over a million jobs

MANAMA, Bahrain: Donald Trump wants a fair deal for Palestinians, the US president’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said on the eve of the launch in Bahrain of the White House’s $50 billion “peace for prosperity” plan.

The Palestinians are missing an opportunity to participate in the Middle East peace process by boycotting the Bahrain conference, Kushner said. “This is a strong package that has been put together. Fighting it instead of embracing it, I think, is a strategic mistake.”

The plan proposes a global investment fund for Palestine and neighboring Arab states, and a $5 billion transport corridor between the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian leaders have rejected it, but Kushner said their criticism was “more emotional than specific.”

“Nobody has refuted our core premise that this would do a lot to stimulate the economy,” he said. “The Palestinian people have been trapped in a situation for a long time and we wanted to show them, and their leadership, that there is a pathway forward that could be quite exciting.”

The Palestinian people have been trapped in a situation for a long time and we wanted to show them, and their leadership, that there is a pathway forward that could be quite exciting.

Jared Kushner, US president’s adviser

Kushner said Trump decisions such as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv were evidence that the president kept his promises.

“The Palestinians might not have liked his Jerusalem decision, but he made a promise and he did it,” he said. What the president wanted now was “to give the Palestinian people a fair solution.”

Kushner said the plan would double the GDP in 10 years, create over a million jobs, reduce poverty by 50 percent and bring unemployment to below 10 percent.

“We believe this doable,” he said. “It’s hard, but if there’s a peace agreement and we set up the right structure, we think it could really lead to improving people’s lives in a substantial way.

“I think there is a lot of enthusiasm in the West Bank and Gaza to see if we can find a political solution so that this can be implemented.”

The political element of the White House plan has been delayed by uncertainty in Israel, where there will be elections this year after an earlier vote failed to produce a stable coalition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also face a criminal trial for corruption.