In Iran, a country with a population of 80 million, where economists say that all of the country’s wealth is in the hands of 4% of the elite government-affiliated population, more people join the poverty-stricken ranks every day.
The gap between the elite minority and the poor majority is steadily increasing, rendering the majority unable to purchase what they could buy before.
On October 16, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health addressed the fact that the government was unable to pay for medical treatment.
“The poor and vulnerable class, and also the middle class, are subject to a reduction in the use of health services, and an increase of medical bills,” Iraj Harirchi said.
Under such circumstances, there is also news on the embezzlement of regime officials, regime affiliates and so-called Iranian “celebrities” in state-run media, which only reveals the tip of the iceberg.
TV series made with stealing teachers’ funds
The most recent example is the story behind the producer of the Shahrzad TV series who has been charged with embezzling 8 thousand billion tomans from the “Sandoghe Farhangian” – the Teachers’ Fund Institution, a government enterprise established in 1995 to supposedly financially aid teachers.
In an article titled “the plundering of billions by Shahrzad’s producer from Sarmayeh Bank and Sandoghe Farhangian,” the state-run Mashreq website wrote that the Shahrzad TV series was made in the course of five years with “astronomical” costs.
“Mohammad Imami, charged with embezzling thousands of billions of tomans from the Sandoghe Farhangian, who was also arrested in connection to this case, has not provided clear clarifications on the funding and cost of producing the series in the last five years. The series production lasted five years, and this controversial investor still refuses to answer to the media,” the website wrote on July 11.
It is also worth noting that Seyyed Hadi Razavi, the son in law of former Industry Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, has also invested in Shahrzad.
Shariatmadari submitted his resignation on Saturday, which was accepted by Iran’s President Rouhani.
Retired Deputy Oil Minister gets 37 million toman salary
Another example of financial corruption in Iran is another report published by Rokh website. The state-run website has published the income receipt of retired Deputy of Oil Minister Ali Kardar saying that he has received a 37 million rial salary. According to this website, Kardar had also received a billion toman retirement reward as well.
“Ali Kardar not only receives a pension but is also given a huge salary as well”, the website wrote.
“According to the Ministry of Oil Executive Order, an oil manager can receive up to 20 million tomans in income, but this income receipt shows that this order is not middle-class,” the website wrote in summer.
Son of top cleric hoarding much needed truck tires
According to other reports, five warehouses were recently found in Lenjan, Isfahan Province hoarding truck tires and heavy machinery. During the ensuing investigation, it quickly became clear that the warehouses belonged to the son of Ahmad Alamolhoda, a top Iranian cleric who is the head of Mashhad’s Friday Prayers and the city’s representative in the Assembly of Experts.
The report said that the cleric’s son, Seyed Ali Alamolhoda, was partners with Jamshid Qasurian, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Collection and Sale of Property Organization.
Truck drivers, who live under the line of poverty, just ended a 20-day strike in protest to the high price of tires and spare parts among other things.
More than 250 truckers were arrested with regime officials threatening them with the death sentence.