Iran: The Underlying Cause of Abadan’s Metropol Tower Collapse
On Monday, May 23, a large portion of one of the ten-story Metropol twin towers in Abadan, southwest Iran, collapsed, killing dozens of people and leaving dozens more injured or missing.”A hardened concrete structure-built earthquake-proof!” boasted the holding company that built this building in an advertisement. However, long before any earthquake, this tower had already claimed the lives of many people. According to a Tuesday report on the state-run Khabar Online website, “from months ago there were reports of the building’s main column sinking and the ceilings of various floors sagging.” as per to the same report, Monday’s disaster was caused by “the [Abadan] municipality’s failure to follow up on construction violations.”
The Plasco building in Tehran collapsed in January 2017 due to poor construction practices. There have also been numerous reports of crumbling walls in schools and other old buildings across the country.
The mullahs’ regime’s corrupt entities are at the root of this disaster, plundering public funds and resources to line their own pockets at the expense of the people. These corrupt organizations, led by people with direct ties to the regime or within close circles of regime officials, have a firm grip on Iran’s economy, industry, and trade apparatus.
Following the ceasefire that ended the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, former regime Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini and his successor, Ali Khamenei, has been busy involving the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in the Iranian economy, which means plundering the Iranian people’s God-given resources and riches. Since 1988, the IRGC has grown to become Iran’s largest holding company and Khamenei’s personal mafia, with firm control over the country’s economy and industries, including the road and construction industries.
In 1992, Hossein Abdolbaghi, who was connected to the IRGC, established a holding company and began working on various construction projects. According to the holding documents, this newly formed company grew into a massive holding company with “300 permanent employees and hundreds of contract workers.”
“The formula behind Abdolbaghi becoming rich is smart management and establishing relations” with state entities, “along with rent opportunities” and “forming ties with political and administrative figures” in the regime, according to a report published on the state-run Fidous website on August 3, 2020.
As a result, the IRGC’s Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters, the regime’s Free Trade Organization, the Khuzestan province governor’s office, and the Abadan municipality all provided Abdolbaghi and his holding company with real estate confiscated from ordinary people:
- Abadan prison’s land estate, which covers several thousand square meters and is located near the Ahmad Abad district, is considered one of the city’s best areas.
- Several thousand square meters of land are associated with a 50-bed hospital.
- A highly recreational area, several thousand square meters, is adjacent to the city’s “Nakhl Hotel.”
- Several thousand square meters of land are associated with a ladies’ market.
- A city Electricity Department site in downtown Abadan is linked to the land.
Abdolbaghi and his holding company were literally writing a book titled “How I turned the ruins of Abadan and Khorramshahr into my own personal wealth” while taking control of the real estate from the already deprived people in the cities of Abadan and Khorramshahr with the support of the IRGC’s military, political, and economic influence!
It becomes even more intriguing after numerous reports on Tuesday from the regime’s various news agencies claiming Abdolbaghi’s body was discovered in the rubbles of Metropol. This follows reports that the Khuzestan province prosecutor had filed documents for his arrest the day before. This is just one example of Iran’s massive mafia, which is directly linked to Khamenei and the IRGC and has taken complete control of the country’s economy and various industries in order to further plunder the Iranian people.