MEK Iran: U.S. Sanctions Two Financial Institutions Under Khamenei’s Control Involved in Terrorism
Last Wednesday, the US Treasury Department endorsed Astan Quds Razavi (AQR) and Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), plus their subsidiaries and 4 other individuals including Ahmad Marvi, the AQR’s current caretaker.
Institutions involved in terrorism
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that these two massive financial institutions controlled by Iran’s regime Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, are the regime’s key resources for predating the nation’s wealth and providing money for terrorism.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 14, 2021
U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven T. Mnuchin, said in a press statement that the above institutions allow Iran’s elite to keep ongoing a corrupt system of ownership which affects a large proportion of Iran’s economy. He said the US will continue to seek out those who benefit themselves while claiming they are assisting ordinary people.
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State also commented by saying that the US is imposing sanctions on 2 organizations controlled by the Supreme Leader of Iran, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR).
Pretend to be charitable organizations
Mike Pompeo, said that these pretend to be charitable organizations but actually control a large part of the Iranian economy, including assets seized from political dissidents and religious minorities which benefit Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his office, and the senior Iranian government officials.
Pompeo also said that these institutions allow Iran’s corrupt leaders to take advantage of a system of ownership over many sectors of Iran’s economy. He said the US will continue to target anyone who that enriches themselves but claim they are helping the Iranian people,
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 15, 2021
60 percent of the national wealth
Behzad Nabavi, a government minister in several administrations revealed all in an interview with the state-run Alef news agency on September 21, 2019. He said that 4 institutions control 60 percent of the national wealth. This includes Executive Headquarters of Imam’s Directive (Setad Ejraie Farman Imam), Khatam-al-Anbiay Base, Astan-e Quds, and Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled. None of these institutions are linked to the government and parliament.
The Iranian Resistance, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) had in the past exposed these 2 financial institutions, as well as 12 other powerhouses which were under Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) control, and their role in funding the regime’s illicit activities.
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) January 13, 2021
Revelation by Iranian Resistance
In a report released on November 8th, 2019, (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), revealed the AQR’s role in its funding terrorism and extremism.
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), reports said that “Astan-e Quds Razavi has played an active role in providing financial, material and logistical support to fundamentalist and terrorist groups within the last few years. Particularly, the heads of AQR have vast relations with Hezbollah’s top officials.
It is worth noting that these activities within the past few years have been expanding.” The (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), has also said that Astan-e Quds Razavi, also supports family members of Iranian agents who have been killed, including members of terrorist groups like Hezbollah, as well as agents in Iraqi, Syria, Nigeria, and so on. The regime also organizes pilgrimages and tourism in Iran and uses this for increasing its terrorist and extremist recruitment.
The Role of Astan-e Quds Razavi, a Key “Religious Foundation”, in #Iranian Regime’s Terrorism, Extremist Policies, And Recruitment of Western Spies https://t.co/njMtECt9wu#FreeIran #IRGCTerrorists #IRGC
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 17, 2019
(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), also said that the Iranian regime uses groups like Astan-e Quds to avoid sanctions and provide funds for its oppressive and terrorist policies subsequent to the blacklisting of the IRGC and the expansion of US sanctions aimed at severing the regime’s economic resources, the regime has utilized AQR to avoid the sanctions and to finance its repressive and terrorist policies.
The (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), exposed the role of the regime’s Setad Ejraie Farman Imam known frequently as EIKO or Setad in stealing the national wealth while funding the regime’s terrorist apparatus. Setad’s influence and domination over the Iranian economy exceed that of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It is the most assertive of the so-called “non-government public sector” companies when it comes to the confiscation of assets.
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— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) November 15, 2019
The (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that following a review of Setad’s activities confirms without any doubt that this complex is one of the most important interlocutors for transactions with western companies…. To strengthen the financial backbone of Setad, in 2010, Khamenei transferred close to $1B worth of assets from Astan-e Abdol-Azim in Rey city to Setad.
Khamenei vaccine ban
Khamenei, the IRGC, and their financial powerhouses are looting the Iranian economy and national wealth and wasting them on terrorism and oppression. While over 200,000 people have died because of coronavirus, and while these institutions hold billions of dollars, the regime has not even allocated a budget for procuring vaccines.
Iran’s diplomat-terrorist, Assadollah Assadi, and his accomplices, who are currently on trial in Belgium, attempted to plant a bomb in the heart of Europe in 2018. Their bomb plot could have been the greatest terrorist attack in Europe.
It is time for the international community, in particular, the EU, to adopt a firm policy vis-à-vis this terrorist regime. The EU should seek to impose, maintain and increase sanctions on the regime and recognize the IRGC as a terrorist entity. It is time for the world community to hold the regime to account.