Eje'i Demands Evidence for Zarif's Claim of Money Laundering in Iran
Gholamhossein Mohseni Eje’I, the spokesperson and first deputy of the judiciary, in a letter to Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Islamic Republic, demanded him to provide evidence of money laundering in Iran. Last week, in an interview with Khabar Online, Zarif had claimed that money laundering in Iran is “a reality” and “behind some of the concerns” regarding Iran joining the FATF.
In his talk with some members of the parliament, Eje’I said that Zarif’s recent claims “were wrong in my personal opinion” but since they were uttered by “an official”, he must “explain and present his evidence”.
Eje’I claimed that he has written a letter to Zarif that asked him “if these are your words, submit your explanation and evidence.”
In the past few months, joining the Anti-Terrorism Funding FATF (Financial Action Task Force) has become a hot-button issue among the Islamic Republic officials. The FATF has given Iran until February to pass the necessary laws in order to avoid entering the FATF blacklist.
In September, the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Parliament) passed the legislation to join the FATF, but the Guardian Council rejected it and demanded 11 revisions. Zolnoor, a conservative member of parliament had said at the time that the Guardian Council’s issues with the bill cannot be resolved.