Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 17, 2019 - The intensification of the Iranian people’s uprisings and the activities of Iranian opposition MEK and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is putting increasing pressure on the Iranian regime. Meanwhile, the regime is choking under international pressure and sanctions. The result is the increase of infighting among the regime’s factions, in which they expose the corrupt policies and acts of each other.
The latest disclosure is admission to theft and embezzlement in the oil and health care sectors.
The Iranian regime’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh admitted to systematic theft in the security section of Oil Ministry, saying that the head of the security office had dug a five-meter shaft and was stealing petroleum from the main petroleum pipe.
An Iranian regime’s MP also admitted that some of the regime’s elements in Oil Ministry were involved in oil smuggling. Jalil Jafari said that many regime officials are trying to fill their own pockets by smuggling oil.
Moreover, the exposure of a $3.8-billion embezzlement case in Iran’s health care system forced the regime’s Health Minister Saeid Namaki to confess to corruption in the ministry’s organizations.
Namaki admitted that corruption in Iran’s health care system has ruined the drug production industry.
The supreme leader’s faction spokesperson in the regime’s parliament Hossein Naghavi Hosseini revealed that Namaki attended the faction’s session on Sunday, declaring that he doesn’t know how the budget allocated for providing medical equipment was spent—the budget was $1 billion.
Namaki also acknowledged that corruption dominates the drug sector and has completely damaged the drug production industry. In addition, Namaki said that he has not experienced such anarchy in the system since 1979.
The corruption in Iran’s health care system has a long history. On July 15, the state-run newspaper Javan newspaper, affiliated to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), dealt a blow to Hassan Rouhani faction by exposing a part of the corruption in the health care system. “We can rarely find a Health Minister in present and the past that did not use ‘mafia’ expression for describing medical and drug sector,” Javan wrote.
In addition, the Iranian regime’s newspapers write about “Golden Signatures” in the regime’s Health Ministry and in particular, in the Food & Drug Organization, that authorize some of the regime’s authorities to import or produce polluted drugs that can result in the death of victims. The latest golden signature authorized a regime-affiliated person to produce and distribute a dangerous blood-pressure-control drug in Iran. The drug was later recognized to be carcinogenic, but the Health Ministry intentionally removed the drug from the market with a six-month delay.
While the corruption of the Iranian regime’s authorities has gone through the roof and has plunged the lives of Iranian people into extreme poverty, the regime is trying to blame international sanctions for Iran’s economic crisis. Although this ruse might work on some of the regime’s stakeholders in Europe, the Iranian people, who are feeling the regime's corruption with their flesh and blood, recognize the entire dictatorship of mullahs with all its factions as the root of their problems.