Iran raps Canada, Interpol for lack of cooperation in case of fugitive banker

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman and Prosecutor-General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeii lashed out at the Canadian government and the Interpol for their lack of cooperation in the case of the former Iranian Bank Melli Chief, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, who fled from Iran to Canada during an embezzlement scandal.

“Unfortunately, the Canadian government and the Interpol didn’t extradite him (Khavari) to us,” Mohseni Ejeii told reporters in Tehran on Monday night.

He stressed that Iranian officials are still pursuing the case through the international bodies which “claim to be fighting corruption”.

Mohseni Ejeii expressed the hope that Khavari would decide himself to return to Iran as he is a fugitive and “will be detained one day”.

Khavari, who sources say has been a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen since 2005, left Iran in September as prosecutors in here announced they wanted to question him in connection with a $2.6-billion embezzlement scandal. Tehran has also announced that it has requested an international warrant for Khavari’s arrest.

The security officials testified that Canada has no extradition treaty with Iran. But Khavari could be stripped of his Canadian citizenship under immigration laws if officials discover he misrepresented himself to gain status.

The banker’s continuing freedom and apparent wealth – he and his family own several Toronto properties – have angered the Iranian people. It’s unclear how he could become a Canadian citizen while working in Iran as an elite banker.

Sources said Khavari is indicative of a much larger wave of people who have slipped into Canada. The Globe and Mail reported that one of the several brothers whose family business is at the heart of the Iranian embezzlement scandal moved to Montreal last summer.

By Fars News Agency


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