Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 1, 2019—Following the recent disclosure of a major theft in Tehran, it became evident that Taghi Kabiri, a member of the Majlis (Parliament), was stashing 250,000 euros and 400 million tomans cash in his home before it got stolen.
According to the Iranian regime’s rules, individuals aren’t allowed to withhold more than 10,000 dollars in cash, and any amount larger than that is considered illegal and can be investigated as smuggling.
According to Mohammad Javad Jamali, spokesperson for the council of parliament oversight, the amount that was stolen from Kabiri’s house is enough to “sell a 150-meter apartment” in one of the rich districts of Tehran.
Taghi Kabiri, MP from Khoy and member of the Majlis Economy Commission, has close ties to the faction of Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei. Before finding his way into the Majlis, Kabiri was the president of the Basij in Khoy Free University. He was actively engaged in propaganda and advertisement for the Basij and the terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Kabiri also has an allegedly close relationship Mohammad Seyyedi, a rich Iranian merchant with close ties with regime officials. The U.S. administration sanctioned Seyyedi in 2013 for his role in helping the Iranian regime circumvent sanctions.
Interestingly, Kabiri had recently called for an audit of the possessions of Iranian officials and the confiscation of any wealth that has been obtained through illegitimate means.
Kabiri is just one of several MPs who have been involved in questionable economic practices and financial corruption. Earlier this year, it became disclosed that MPs Fereydoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi had misused their political power to make profits by causing disruption in the vehicle and jewelry market.
While Iranian officials are filling their homes and bank accounts with the country’s wealth, the lives of ordinary Iranians continue to spiral into poverty and misery. Ironically, on Sunday, as Iranian MPs were arguing over each other’s ill-gotten wealth in the Majlis, an Iranian man set himself on fire in front of a police station in Tehran’s Vali Asr street out of desperation and economic pressure. According to an acquaintance, the bank had auctioned his house because he had defaulted on a loan.
In the past months, workers, teachers and retired government employees have been constantly protesting over unpaid wages and rising prices. Millions of Iranian children are forced into child labor instead of going to school because their families can’t pay for school fees.