NCRI Staff

NCRI - Former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has basically been ‘convicted’ of embezzling around $3 billion in government assets, according to a former member of the Regime’s Parliament.

In comments to Khabaronline, a news site affiliated with the speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani, Fazel Mousavi said that he had received the information from well- informed sources within the judiciary.

He wrote: “Ahmadinejad would be better to contemplate what he owes [the system] rather than calling for justice.”

He also accused Ahmadinejad of rejecting the legal system- perhaps a sign of how corrupt the former President knows the system to be.

Mousavi wrote: “The judiciary has legally summoned Ahmadinejad and his companions, and they should be accountable to the judicial system.”

However, he was unable to say whether these verdicts were reached in a court or when the trial had been held. He was also unable to explain how Ahmadinejad remains a free man, who was recently appointed as a member of the influential Expediency Discerning Council by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, if he had been convicted.

Regime Infighting

It is likely, given the intensifying conflict between Ahmadinejad and the Larijani brothers (Ali and head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani), that this is a response from the Larijanis and their allies to Ahmadinejad seemingly special treatment at the hands of Khamenei.

We should make it clear that this is not a battle of good versus evil or even the lesser of two evils; indeed, there are no moderates within the Iranian Regime.

This rift is just one of many factional disputes between members of the Iranian Regime in a desperate bid for power. Khamenei has terminal cancer and the mullahs are clamouring to take his place. It is certain that the Iranian Regime will soon implode while the leaders are locked in a power struggle.

It is also likely that the head of the Iranian judiciary would find someone guilty without a trial, as has happened on numerous occasions.

Charges

There are currently seven definitive legal verdicts issued against Ahmadinejad, which relate to government funds during his presidency.

Last month, the Iranian Parliament’s Audit Court found that Ahmadinejad had spent approximately $1.3 billion of Iran’s oil income illegally during the last 18 months of his presidency. They ordered him to repay the money but has limited sentencing powers to enforce it.

Unprecedented infighting within Iranian regime rival factions not only is weakening the whole corrupt system evermore and on the backdrop of rising public discontent and protests more than ever proves that any investment on this regime has a grim prospect. That is one message that should be considered seriously by the western governments and businesses eager to collaborate with Iranian regime.

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