Iran oil minister summoned to parliament over Total corruption case

Tasnim – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has been summoned to the parliament to explain about several issues, including a recent verdict to fine French oil and gas group Total (TOTF.PA) for bribing foreign officials in a case related to Iranian contracts in 1997, an MP said.

“It is necessary to determine which officials were given the bribes  in which contract and how much and how they were dealt with,” Khademi said.

Last Friday, a Paris court fined Total 500,000 euros ($570,000) for bribing foreign public officials in a case related to Iranian contracts in 1997.

The Total was charged with paying $30 million under the cover of a consultancy contract to facilitate a deal for the South Pars gas field more than two decades ago, which the Paris prosecutor said covered “corruption payments”.

Court documents said that from around 1995 to 2004, at the request of an Iranian official cited as Medhi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Total and intermediaries made illicit payments to middlemen designated by Mehdi to help the company, according to Reuters