No one indicted in Salary Bill Scandal

TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) – Judiciary spokesman has told a press conference Saeid Mortazavi, former Tehran Prosecutor-General, has not been exculpated in all of his allegations.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei who was speaking to the press in his weekly press conference on Sunday, warned that the perpetrators during post-2009 presidential election unrest who were abroad would be condemned should the Establishment arrest or detain them in manner whatsoever. In a related story, Ejei told the reporters that former Tehran prosecutor-general had not been exonerated in all allegations. Saeid Mortazavi the major culprit in notorious Kahrizak detention center in southern Tehran has recently offered apologies to the families of victims during the tumultuous days of June 2009, controversially calling the three people killed in Kahrizak ‘martyrs.’ Mr. Ejei also refused to provide further information about the fate of Ali Akbar Heidarifar, an aide to Mortazavi and a second defendant in Kahrizak dossier, admitting that he had been in prison for some time.

On the question of Crescent oil scandal, Ejei told the press that some individuals had been indicted in the case, however, they had appealed and the court of appeal would still hear their case. He also did not provide further information about the arrest of NIOC director in relation to the oil deal scandal.

Judiciary spokesperson also provided scanty information on inordinate Salary Bill Scandal and recent Municipality squandering of public property given to relatives and cronies in drastically lower prices; “in Salary Bill Scandal, the government had told Judiciary that it would address the case within the government, thus the Judiciary would not intervene more than it would otherwise; we still wait any verdict by the government on the possible violations of the law. Part of the scandal should be addressed through new legislation which effectively rules out possibilities and loopholes by which abuse of public money becomes legitimate,” Ejei detailed. “So far, no single person has been specified to the Judiciary to be indicted; apart from some cases of changes in positions or deposing some officials no one has been seriously indicted; only roughly $830,000 of total of millions abused have so far been restored to the public treasury,” he provided a grim prospect of the case.


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