Zanjani’s seventh court session begins

Tehran, Nov 10, IRNA – The seventh court session of the oil billionaire, Babak Zanjani, and two other defendants started on Tuesday morning.

Presiding judge, Abolqasem Salavati, is judging the today session like the six previous ones.

First, second and third court sessions of Zanjani and two others were held on October 3, 4 and 5. The fourth and fifth sessions were also held on October 31 and November 1 respectively.

Yesterday, Zanjani’s sixth court hearing was held and he read out some other of his defense document to the court.

Zanjani, 41, was arrested on December 30, 2013, on charges of corruption. He is one of Iran’s wealthiest businessmen, with a fortune worth an estimated $14 billion.

Zanjani is also the 100 percent stakeholder of the Turkish airliner Onur Air, for which the Ministry of Petroleum has filed a lawsuit in Istanbul.

Zanjani and two other respondents face money laundering charges lodged in a 40,000-page law suit which led to his indictment.

The two defendants are facing charges of complicity in money laundering, forgery and fraud.

Zanjani was jailed in 2013 when charges were brought up against him for misappropriating two billion euros belonging to the Ministry of Petroleum.

So far, Zanjani has undergone 40 interrogation sessions, and 200 people were served subpoenas and questioned as informed suspects.

By IRNA