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August 26, 2009

Rafsanjani’s Son Accuses Ahmadinejad of Embezzling 340 Million Tomans

Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s son, has denied vociferously the claims of engineering “velvet revolution” raised  against him in confessions from yesterday’s trial. He sent an open letter to the President of IRIB for broadcasting the confessions.
He was also accused of embezzling 2 million Iranian tomans. In refuting these charges, Rafsanjani publicly raised the issue of Ahmadinejad allegedly embezzling 340 million tomans while he was governor of Tehran.
From Javan-e Farda (h/t New York Times):

“I, Mr. Mehdi Hashemi, never believed I took even a bit of money from the budget for the costs of electoral advertisements, and the [charges raised in court yesterday] are pure lies.
All of the costs of advertisement in the budget of the Energy Optimization Agency [which Rafsanjani managed] in 2005 are completely clear. […]
And now that the issue of the election of 2005 is open, for the good of public awareness, I am calling for the final review, in one place, of the 340 million tomans that went missing from the Tehran governor’s office in 2005, which people had asked many times of the governor [Ahmadinejad], the Tehran governing council, and the national council of reviewing. (We should keep investigating until the person responsible collapses)
The point worth noting here is that these “admissions” have occurred directly after the Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani’s family sent a letter bringing complains against Mr. Ahmadinejad to the Judiciary.”

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