Rouhani and his brother

[A report by Fars news agency focusing on corruption and lobbying of Hossein Fereydoun, the president’s brother, while slamming Hassan Rouhani and his promises to fight corruption.]

[People chanting: Rouhani, we love you!]

Rouhani talks about fighting corruption and people’s right to know: And if some people have plundered people’s money, the treasury’s money, and people’s oil money, our people want to know who has organized it, who has issued the permits, who did the planning, and how this money came into possession of an individual or individuals?

Reporter points to Hossein Fereydoun and his role in Hassan Rouhani’s government: These days when they talk about astronomical salaries, one name is heard a lot: Somebody who has become famous by exerting influence, and he is the right hand of the president. Hossein Fereydoun, during 3 years of Hassan Rouhani, has been seen at almost all sensitive periods of the country—from participating in negotiation with P5+1 to significant appointments and decision makings in the country.

Reporter points out to the president’s brother and astronomical salaries: But it was after disclosure of paystubs of astronomical salaries that everything became clear for the public opinion, and Hossein Fereydoun’s role in the government became more obvious. To the extent that some called him the shadow government.

–Mr. president is in charge of the country today. According to the constitutional law, the president must pay close attention, and must be careful who he chooses around himself.

–The president’s brother who feeds on financial resources of corrupt people goes to different government’s organizations to solve their problems so that they are not prosecuted.

Reporter focuses on Hossien Fereydoun’s lobbying: But the turning point to this issue was the interview of Judge Seraj, Head of Iran’s General Inspectorate Organization.Even though Fereydoun denied Judge Seraj’s clear-cut remarks about appointments, the role of Hossein Fereydoun has been proved in appointing the mangers of Tejarat, Saderat and Melli banks.

Judge Seraj says: Mr. Hossein Fereydoun insisted that this individual should become head of Refah Bank. I strongly disagreed, and said he has a heavy [criminal] case. But unfortunately, with his insistence and his lobbying, this person became head of Refah Bank.

Rouhani undermines the issue of astronomical salaries: But at the same time, we see that there has been a confrontation and in some cases, they have received unorthodox salaries.

–The president, instead of searching for corruption and corrupt organizations, had better start with his own brother.

–The president’s brother took [the president’s] election headquarters to a building which belongs Mr. Shabdoost who is one of the biggest debtors to the country’s bank. And then these people want to create employment, and want to fight corruption.

–Mr. president, you cannot clean the window with a piece of dirty cloth.

Reporter brings about an example of lobbying in Refah Bank: Appointing Mr. Ali Rastegari Sorkheh, who comes from the same city as Mr. Fereydoun, as managing director of Mellat Bank. Also, appointing Mr. Naser Shahinfar as his deputy. He too is from the city of Sorkheh, and got this position through Mr. Fereydoun.

Reporter slams Rouhani for not starting to fight corruption at home: But these were just a part of sidelines of the president’s brother in past few days. Now the question is after Mr. Rouhani’s remarks about “sanctions’ businessmen” and disclosure of documents as to establishing a currency exchange by his brother and one of managing directors who received astronomical salaries in Refah Bank at the time when price of dollar was multiplying, who is really sanctions’ businessman?

Rouhani jokes about not telling the truth: Somebody said telling lies is ‘haram’, but telling the truth is not ‘vajeb’ [obligatory].Reporter concludes: Isn’t it time that the president takes a closer look around him, instead of looking at the distance?

-Their problem is only money!