Two US representatives, Republican James French Hill and Democrat Al Lawson, Thursday reintroduced a bipartisan bill which will require the Department of Treasury to brief Congress on how the funds used by Iranian leaders are acquired and used.
“By combining publicly available information with U.S. intelligence that can be made public, the legislation can provide a valuable window into the corrupt business practices of Iran’s top kleptocrats and limit their financial holdings which are used to support and sponsor terrorism,” a Congress press release said.
“The Ayatollahs, the Mullahs, and the Iranian military are all profiting at the expense of ordinary Iranian citizens and the Iranian people are rightfully calling for accountability. I stand with the Iranian people and this legislation will provide transparency into the corruption and illicit behavior of the leaders of Iran,” said Hill while the democrat co-author of the bill, Al Lawson, stressed that it is vital that the United States holds Iran’s leaders accountable.
The bill is entitled “Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act of 2021” and would make public the “funds obtained in an illegal or corrupt manner held by Iran’s authoritarian, theocratic regime,” the press release said.
In an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner July 22, Hill said President Biden’s determination to return to the Iran nuclear deal is further undermining security in the greater region. “With the recent election of hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi as president, I see little hope that the country will change course,” he wrote.
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