MEK Iran: Regime is Rife with Corruption and Nepotism
For decades, economic corruption has been a global issue. However, when it comes to Iran, the term “corruption” falls short of accurately describing the governing theocracy’s genuine theft of public funds. Religious rule is the exact definition of a kleptocracy, with widespread nepotism and numerous high-profile incidents of embezzlement.
Raisi: My decision is unaffected by camaraderie, kinship!
The already perplexing habit of selecting officials’ relatives and family members to crucial roles has accelerated since Ebrahim Raisi became the regime’s president last year. Many analysts believe that giving money and posts to people close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is part of his strategy to keep his increasingly unstable regime together. The following are some significant incidents of nepotism in recent months. Despite the fact that these were widely acknowledged, including by the regime’s own media channels, Raisi boasted on November 16: “Nomination is based on competence and merit.
” My decision is unaffected by camaraderie, kinship, or media pressure.”A secret letter from Raisi’s Minister of Petroleum Javad Owji, in which he directed the Ministry’s human resources department to hire Nafiseh Sangdovini, the daughter of Ramazan Ali Sangdovini, a parliamentary deputy close to Raisi, was leaked days after Raisi’s false allegations. Minister of Health Bahram Einollahi named his son-in-law as an adviser despite the fact that he has no experience or knowledge in the field for which he is expected to provide guidance.
Raisi having only a sixth-grade education
“Labor Minister Hojjatullah Abdul Maleki has nominated his wife’s brother as his own special adviser,” according to Al-Monitor, a Tehran-based news organization. Raisi’s relative Zynab Kadkhoda was just named Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Tehran. Raisi’s son-in-brother, law’s Meysam Nili, has lately joined the official news agency IRNA as a prominent member of its high council.”
“Mehdi Rahimi, a relative of Farid Haddad Adel, is the most recent case [of nepotism].” Rahimi became the director of public relations at the President’s Office even though he only has a high school diploma. “When a Maddah [religious singer] becomes the deputy of Tehran’s mayor for literacy promotion, this is fairly natural,” the Jahan-e Sanat daily said on January 17. Raisi was elected president despite having only a sixth-grade education and no experience in executive leadership. Raisi, in actuality, is a war criminal who is responsible for the deaths of nearly 30,000 political prisoners.
The majority of Iranians could hardly make ends meet
In Iran’s ruling kleptocracy, crimes against humanity and full allegiance to the Supreme Leader take precedence over all other considerations, including the ability. The regime’s ruling faction is not the only source of nepotism. Hassan Rouhani, the regime’s self-described “reformist” president, had nominated his son-in-law as the head of Iran’s geological survey, for example.
Rouhani had also named his brother as a “special advisor” to him. Hossein Fereydoon, the brother, was later apprehended by the opposition side, but now lives comfortably in prison and receives frequent furloughs. While the majority of Iranians are unable to make a decent life and are denied basic necessities such as bread, they are forced to sleep on buses or in abandoned graves at night, the governing kleptocracy continues to loot public monies. The mullahs’ rule has been built on a foundation of systematic corruption and mind-boggling nepotism since its establishment.