Islamic Republic Judiciary

The head of the Tehran Criminal Court says the files of three MPs connected to a notorious $3-billion bank fraud are now being processed by the court and their trials will soon take place.

The three MPs were not identified and the exact trial dates were not announced.

A total of 55 people have been charged with involvement in the corruption case, which involved seven state-owned and private Iranian banks issuing fraudulent letters of credit to secure loans.

The head of the country’s top bank, the Melli Bank, fled Iran following the scandal and currently resides in Canada. Despite Iranian efforts to secure his extradition to face charges in Iran, Mahmoud Khavari was not handed over by Canadian authorities.

So far, four people have been sentenced to death for involvement in the corruption case and their sentences were confirmed in the appellate court.