Iran regime officials make excuses for widespread corruption

Iran regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has issued a letter to the citizens of the country in an attempt to provide reassurance for the people’s widespread concerns. In the letter, he warned the regime’s different parties against “abusing” the dire economic situation.

The news comes just before the Iranian president is due to commence a tour of Europe in which he will try to persuade EU companies to continue business dealings with the country despite the US sanctions that will soon come into effect.

When US President announced that sanctions would snap back and that fresh ones would be issued, many European companies decided that it was not worth the risk of dealing with Iran. Companies who were in the process of negotiating with Iran have decided to go no further, while others have pulled out completely.

Rouhani said earlier this week in a warning to those that may be tempted to take advantage of the economic situation: “People mustn’t be put under pressure under any circumstances, especially for providing their basic goods and the goods that are produced inside the country.”

He emphasized the importance of ensuring that the price of services and goods must not increase beyond the inflation rate and reiterated that no parties should abuse the market of basic needs of the people.

Mohammad Baqer Olfat, the deputy head of the country’s judiciary’s department for social affairs, spoke about the widespread corruption in Iran. His comments came on the side-lines of a meeting with the head of Azerbaijan’s Anti-Corruption Department Prosecutor General Kamran Aliyev. He said that international sanctions have caused administrative corruption to spread in Iran. He also said that the sanctions for drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe via Iran are to blame.

The regime is rife with corruption and the Iranian regime officials have been getting richer and richer while the people have been getting poorer and poorer. At the end of last year, the people of Iran took to the streets to protest against the widespread corruption that is present and visible at all levels of the country’s leadership.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, has been calling on the international community to stand behind the people of Iran who have endured the regime’s corruption for decades.

On 30th June, the NCRI will be hosting its annual Free Iran rally in the outskirts of Paris. Tens of thousands of Iranians from around the world will be gathering to listen to the opposition and dozens of political figures discuss on how the country can move towards being free and democratic.

It is imperative for the EU officials that will be meeting with Iranian officials in the near future to take into account the behaviour of the Iranian regime. It has proven that it cannot be trusted and that it is incapable of reform. The EU upholds the human rights of its own citizens and it is high time that it makes the Iranian regime do the same for the citizens of Iran.

Source » ncr-iran

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