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CC | Dominica diplomat arrested in billion dollar embezzlement scheme

Monfared is accused of involvement in Iran’s biggest-ever corruption scandal

TEHRAN – An Iranian man, who holds a diplomatic passport issued by Dominica and is accused of helping to embezzle billions of dollars while Iran evaded international oil sanctions, has been arrested after a lengthy international manhunt. Alireza Zibahalat Monfared, 43, was arrested by Interpol and handed over to Iran on January 15, 2017.

Monfared is accused of involvement 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.

In addition to his Dominica diplomatic passport, Monfared had various passports, including a regular Dominica passport, and had managed to escape extradition at least once when he was briefly detained in Malaysia, where he claimed diplomatic immunity.

Unconfirmed reports said he had finally been arrested in Dominica, according to the state-run Iran Daily newspaper.

Monfared was involved in the so-called My Dominica Trade House (MDTH), later referred to as the MDTH fiasco. Monfared had falsely claimed that MDTH had numerous investments in Dominica including several clinics and hospitals, all of which turned out to be false.

Zanjani’s lawyer, Rasoul Kouhpayehzadeh, welcomed Monfared’s arrest, saying it would prove his client’s innocence. Monfared’s “interrogation and trial will shed light on many issues and unsolved puzzles,” Kouhpayehzadeh said, according to Iran Daily.

Bron: CuracaoChronicle

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  1. Het hele process met diplomatieke immuniteit dient te worden herzien daar sommige landen diplomatische paspoorten verkopen (aan criminelen) die daarop immuun zijn voor vervolging. Het hele concept stamt uit een andere eeuw. Dominica verkoopt deze paspoorten en men hoeft niet eens op het eiland te wonen of werken.

  2. Als ik het mij goed kan herrineren was onze grote narcist, spychopaat en pathologische beroeps leugenaar Gerrit de Raaf ook druk in de weer om voor zijn maffia vriend Corallo een baantje te regelen ( ambasadeur in de Dominicaanse replubliek ) waar door hij in het bezit kon komen van een diplomaten paspoort, en daarmee onvoorwaardelijk en ongestoord de hele wereld mee kon rond reisen.

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