Sep 25, 2020 12:18 UTC
  • Individuals behind economic corruption have nowhere to flee: Judiciary chief

Iran's Judiciary Chief Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi has said that individuals behind money laundering, economic corruption and instability in the country will have nowhere to flee according to the country's Islamic governance values.

According to reports, Raeisi made the remarks concluding his tour of judicial institutions in Iran’s northwestern Ardabil province on Thursday.

“Economic corruption exists in all areas, including the executive, financial and banking sectors. This is clear when the high number of judicial cases is taken into account: it shows we are facing reoccurring cases of corruption,” he said.

He added that reforming governance structures which may lead to corruption are among the most important responsibilities of the parliament and the government.

Raeisi said it is imperative for the judiciary to crack down on economic corruption as “people’s current living conditions are influenced by such malicious practices”.

“Today, it is the responsibility of all authorities to strive for the advancement of national production. Words are not enough to accomplish such; all these words need to be turned into action,” he said.

Raeisi pointed that the judiciary has been able to help 1,200 factories and workshops recover from economic stagnation as part of its initiative to counter legal hurdles impacting production in the past year.

“The emphasis of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution is to facilitate national production, remove barriers hampering employment and the creation of more jobs,” he said, adding that "the voices of employers, entrepreneurs and workers must be heard”.

The judiciary chief said that before his tour in the province, 17 teams from the judiciary had been sent to survey the province’s cities and their related legal issues.

He added that illegal land seizures and legal disputes related to the province’s Moghan agricultural and industrial area were among the most important identified issues.

He said that a board of jurists was to be immediately formed in order to make a final decision in regards to the agricultural and industrial area.

Earlier this month, Raeisi thanked Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for agreeing to extend the mandate of special tribunals set up to try economic corruption cases.

The courts were established in 2018 on the request of former Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani in the face of the special conditions which he described as "an economic war.”

Ayatollah Amoli Larijani proposed then in a letter to the Leader that new tribunals be set up for two years and directed to hand down maximum sentences to those "disrupting and corrupting the economy.”

The Leader accepted the proposal, saying, "The purpose should be to punish corrupt financial criminals swiftly and fairly.”

Ever since, the Islamic Republic has successfully tracked and hunted down many heavy-weight corrupters, who had monopolized profit across key economic sectors.

The Leader this month agreed to extend the mandate of the trials after being asked by the new Judiciary chief.