CBI announces Bahrain's verdict with no judicial legitimacy

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – The Central Bank announced on Mon. that the verdict issued by the Bahraini court against Iranian banks and bankers has no judicial value.

CBI noted that it will take proper actions in this regard and urged the Bahraini government to avert the affiliated judicial procedure. 

The CBI added that Future Bank was established in 2004 by Iranian and Bahraini investments. The bank has been operating by the participation of some Iranian and Bahraini banks in Bahrain. All its banking operations and transactions have always been under the direct and online supervision of the Central Bank of Bahrain. In 2013 and 2014, it was introduced as one of the best banks in Bahrain.

The Iranian central bank continued that in support of the cut of political ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Future Bank was suddenly taken over by the Central Bank of Bahrain and its Iranian managers were expelled from the country.

The CBI noted that it by the present has received no notice from the Bahraini government in this regard.

It added that any judiciary action of the Bahraini government against the CBI, which enjoys judicial immunity, is contrary to international law.

On July 29, the Higher Criminal Court issued its verdict in the largest money laundering case in the history of the Kingdom of Bahrain, convicting Future Bank and six of its officials, the Central Bank of Iran and other Iranian banks, fining them BD19 million, and confiscating laundering money, amounting to approximately 1.3 billion USD, while sentencing six convicted individuals to imprisonment.

On Sun., Iranian foreign ministry spokesman rejected as "baseless", "distorted", and "politically motivated" the allegations against the Iranian central bank and some other banks recently made by a Bahraini court.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly rejects the actions attributed to the Central Bank and other Iranian banks in Bahrain," Saeed Khatibzadeh, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said on Sunday in response to questions asked by journalists about a ruling by a court in Bahrain that found the Central Bank of Iran guilty of criminal charges of money laundering on July 29.

"The judicial process in the courts of Bahrain against the Central Bank and the Iranian individuals and banks is so distorted that we have no official and reliable source to know the details of the cases, except for some media sources. Therefore, any statements in this regard are based on the news published in the media," the spokesman added.

He added, "The general purpose of filing these lawsuits and making baseless accusations and claims against the CBI and the Saderat Bank and Melli Bank and some of the managers of these banks are politically motivated and has no legal value."

"Apparently, the Bahraini court in these cases merely acted in accordance with the orders and decisions of the Bahraini political and security apparatus," Khatibzadeh said, adding "these cases lack judicial standards pertaining to fair proceedings and fair trial, and the Iranian parties are deprived of their basic rights and the judicial process was completed in a non-transparent and distorted manner."

The spokesman considered the leveling of these false criminal charges, and their investigation and the rulings in these cases, from the point of view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as lacking judicial legitimacy and rendering responsibility for the Bahraini government.

He pointed out, "It is obvious that the Islamic Republic of Iran has the right to use all national and international means to confront with such actions by Bahrain and will not fail to defend the interests and rights of its citizens."


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