The Iranian government is considering the establishment of a new organization to be called the “Interaction Committee to Fight and Prevent Corruption”.
The Khorasan daily reports that the proposal from an unidentified supervisory body to the administration calls for the committee to be responsible for “the prevention of corruption and violations” in Tehran and the provincial capitals.
Iran’s minister of justice, however, has rejected the establishment of an anti-corruption body as redundant, saying it would repeat the work of other government bodies and attract further corruption.
Transparency International ranks Iran 136th out of 175 countries on its Corruption Perceptions Index.
Iran’s best performance was in 2003, when it was ranked at 78. Throughout the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran dropped in the Transparency International ranking.
There have been many reports of corruption in “charity organizations, the Martyrs and Veterans Affairs Foundation, courts, police and rescue committees” that are not accountable to any government body except Supreme Leader.