Former Dominican Diplomat to pay 1.3 billion to Iran Government

Monfared was involved in Iran’s biggest corruption scandal

More evidence has been brought to the fore about just how deeply former Dominican diplomat Alireza Zibahalat Monfared was involved in helping to embezzle billions of dollars while Iran evaded international oil sanctions.

Iran news is reporting that a court in Tehran sentenced Monfared to twenty years of jail and repaying $1.3 billion of what prosecutors say is government’s embezzled funds.

Alireza was issued a Dominican diplomatic passport in March 2015 but it was revoked on January 20, 2016 after the scandal broke.

It is alleged that he was involved in Iran’s biggest-ever corruption scandal, working alongside tycoon Babak Zanjani who was sentenced to death last year for pocketing $2.8 billion while helping the country bypass sanctions, according to online news organization alarabiya.net.

But  media reports within the last week indicate that Monfared, identified by the local news outlets as the “right hand” of the imprisoned Iranian tycoon, Zanjani, was arrested by the Interpol on January 15, 2017, and surrendered to the Islamic Republic.

It is alleged Babak Zanjani was helping former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration to circumvent U.S. sanctions but failed to return funds after he sold oil on behalf of the government.

The court has sentenced Zanjani to death. Still, the Islamic authorities insist that they have suspended the verdict, hoping to force Zanjani to return billions of missing dollars.

Zanjani must repay two billion euros (approximately $2.2 billion), but has only returned one-fifth of what he owes the government, the Ministry of Oil maintains.

The so-called tycoon’s “right hand”, Monfared, admitted in his last court hearing that he had assisted Zanjani through registering “front companies” in Malaysia, “skipping international sanctions imposed on Tehran,” “finding stores to stockpile Iranian crude oil to be sold later,” and “receiving four ships” for sale.

Furthermore, Monfared insisted that he had been in the home decoration business, and he had no expertise in crude oil and banking affairs.

The news organization reports that Monfared had various passports and had managed to escape extradition at least once when he was briefly detained in Malaysia.

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3 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    November 11, 2019

    Is yours truly the illustrious PM going to be paying his share too. He is up to his eyeballs. Is the Iranian government going to seek the extradition of yours truly and his attorney his sidekick.

  2. Shaka zulu
    November 11, 2019

    That story got sneaked in here. Buy the way their are folks doing the same thing with Dominica passport money. They think they will never be caught until the noose start to tighten around their necks. Some are buying property like crazy because its easy way to hide the cash. Some are putting it into assests. There seems to be lawyers advising some of those passport sellers. When this government loose the election there will be many of them running away looking for a safe haven. But the new government will freeze all assets and cease property of all who sold passports and cannot account for amount sold and thier new found wealth.

    • Bravo
      November 11, 2019

      Okay but from so long u have been hearing all this talk about passport monies, how’s it that those who go on propagating this scandal has never ever once been able to provide one shred of evidence concerning it. I mean when u accuse someone of a crime and especially when they claim innocence then u as the accuser has a legal responsibility to come up with the proof or evidence!!!!!!!!. Present your evidence!!!!!! The prime minister by due legal requirement did present to parliament a breakdown if the passport monies in our budget and u all have claimed over and over and over there is over a billion missing. Then y is it that u all have never once been able to provide a tiny bit of evidence that there really is monies missing?

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