Iranian parliament

A complaint about the travel expenses incurred to send Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his delegation to New York last year was read today in Iranian Parliament.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad travelled to New York last September to attend the UN General meeting.

Iranian MP Nader Ghazipour filed a complaint against Ahmadinejad for taking 125 people on this trip, adding that many of the travellers were “families and relatives of government officials.”

The reports adds that an inquiry into the reasons for the 125 member delegation did not elicit satisfactory responses from the president and, therefore, the member has now made a formal motion in Parliament to investigate the matter.

The inquiry found that “15 members of the delegation were comprised of families and relatives of the president and other officials”, adding that the presence of spouses of officials was indeed justifiable.

Unlike former delegations accompanying the president to the UN general meeting, last year no MPs were included in the group.