Mar 13, 2019 14:37 Asia/Tehran
  • Canada, safe haven for embezzlers: Iran's prosecutor general

Iran's prosecutor general has said Canada has become a center of fraud, and a safe haven for embezzlers who manage to escape justice in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran Press/Iran news: “Unfortunately, some are embezzling people’s property and escape to Canada,” Mohammad Jafar Montazeri said on Wednesday in a conference held in Tehran.

Montazeri noted that Iran’s Interpol cooperates with the judiciary very well, but the problem is with the Interpol outside the country, especially the countries that have enmity towards Iran, Iran Press reported.

Iran's prosecutor general also warned Canada against giving asylum to embezzlers.

Earlier this week, members of the Iranian-Canadian community signed a petition against two Iranian embezzlers who are now living in Canada.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari fled to Canada after a $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light

Directly addressing Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale and Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier, the undersigned said the Canadian government must step into the fray and launch investigation against fugitive financial criminals Mahmoud Reza Khavari and Marjan Sheikholeslami Aleagha.

“Our community and the Iranian Canadian Congress have raised concerns about the case of Khavari on several occasions both during the former government of Prime Minister Harper and during the time of the current Liberal government,” said the petitioners.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari was a former Iranian banker who fled to Canada after a $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light in 2011. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and the Interpol issued a warrant for him in December 2017.

Marjan Sheikholeslami Aleagha is accused of embezzling public funds in Iran

Sheikholeslami is accused of embezzling public funds in Iran in two separate cases. In 2010, amid the international sanctions on Iran, she founded various companies in Iran and Turkey to help Iran bypass the sanctions and sell its petrochemical products, but has reportedly refused to pay back the government’s money.

In March 2019, she was accused of being involved in a giant embezzlement court case. 101

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