No Escape From Justice for Fugitive Corruption Suspects
IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK
TEHRAN – Judiciary Chief has ordered the serious pursuit of financial corruption suspects who have fled the country, warning that they will not be spared prosecution no matter where they have run to.
Ebrahim Raisi served Attorney General Mohammad Ja’far Montazeri and the Judiciary’s Deputy for International Affairs Ali Baqeri with the directive on Monday, ordering diligent efforts to have those on the run brought to justice, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The directive advised “those who are subject to accusations to surrender themselves to justice, and know this that they will not be able to escape the grasp of justice.”
The order came as some of those suspected by Iranian authorities of involvement in corruption cases have reportedly fled to Western countries such as Canada. Pictures have emerged apparently showing the suspects going about their daily affairs in those countries, outraging authorities and the public alike.
Raisi asked how come some of the countries that lay claim to fighting organized corruption and money laundering have come to provide refuge to criminals and corruption suspects.
He called the trend one of the examples of “injustice and oppression against humanity.”
He also urged the West to put an end to injustice, reiterating that suppression of people is futile. Raisi also blasted the international communities for their silence against suppressing the protests in the U.S. and some European states, noting that it is strange that those who claim they are flag-bearers of human rights and cry foul for transfer of a prisoner from one prison to another prison have remained silent on the murder of George Floyd and arrests of thousands in the U.S.
He reiterated that cry for justice is heralded in any part of the world and it is paving the ground for a universal movement against tyranny and injustice and it can be a beginning for the collapse of the arrogance.
Raisi added the Supreme Leader is the flag-bearer of justice-seeking and he follows the late Imam Khomeini’s path.
He also pointed to the Judiciary’s measures to stop corruption and offences in its body, adding that the number of offences in the Judiciary has dropped to less than one percent as the Judiciary is serious in fighting any corruption and offence in its body to gain people’s trust.