Mahmoudreza Khavari

Iran's deputy chief of police announced today that the Canadian government is refusing to cooperate in arresting Mahmoudreza Khavari, the former head of the Melli Bank of Iran.

Ahmadreza Radan added that documents have been provided to Interpol regarding Iran’s charge of bank fraud against Khavari and a red alert has been put out for his arrest.

The Mehr News Agency reports that Radan said the Canadian government is refusing to hand over Khavari.

Radan added that the Canadian government has been informed that it has no excuse in refusing to hand over Khavari and “in regard for their own credibility, they should hand over Khavari to Iran so that he can face the charges against him.”

In September of 2011, Khavari flew to Canada just days after whistles were blown over a $3-billion fraud involving Iranian banks, with Melli Bank at the top the list.