The FARS News Agency, the semi-official house organ of the Iranian regime, announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed introduction of a parliamentary bill to investigate the wealth of senior officials in Iran. The proposal results from criticism of Sadeq Mahsouli, President Ahmadinejad’s nominee for the position of interior minister, who won a vote of confidence on earlier this week on November 18, 2008.
Mahsouli is reportedly one of the ten wealthiest people in Iran, having accumulated his fortune from property development according to FARS. But the forty-nine year old Mahsouli is also an IRGC veteran and previously served in provincial government posts and as deputy defense minister.
The Iranian Parliament approved Mahsouli as the new interior minister following the impeachment of former minister, Ali Kordan, over his forged Oxford University degree.
Analysis:Ahmadinejad’s call to investigate the source of wealth for former IRGC officers calls to mind the statement of Renault, the Vichy French police officer in the movie Casablanca, who declared “I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” There is no secret to the accumulation of wealth in Iran – IRGC veterans dominate many key industries and the importation of goods into Iran.