Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, the General Prosecutor for Tehran
The Iranian regime’s General Prosecutor for Tehran has announced a media ban on the publication of any reported corruption by regime officials unless the reports have been approved by regime officials and the individuals concerned have been tried and found guilty.
Announcing the ban on January 20, 2018, the General Prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, said, “From this News Tribune, I declare to all officials that the announcement of unproven allegations of corruption without any evidence or formal approval, is considered as a problem. Our people are suffering, so if we announce cases of corruption, then we need to provide evidence to the people.
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, General Prosecutor of Tehran says it is prohibited to publish unproven corruption cases. It seems the regime due to ongoing protests in the country fears of talking and releasing the regime official’s corruptions and embezzlement.
Dolatabadi said, “From this News Tribune I declare to all officials that the announcement of corruption is unproven and without proof and without formal approval is considered a problem. Our people are suffering so if we announce cases of corruption, then we need to bring evidence to the people. If you have proof for corruption in one place, you must first notify the Judiciary and the State Inspection and the General Prosecutor’s Office. On that basis, we have issued an urgent decree and I hereby declare to all authorities that you must not make statements in official news outlets concerning allegations of corruption that have not yet been proven.”
Ever since Khomeini initially hijacked the 1979 revolution and turned Iran into a brutal theocracy under the mullahs’ domination, the state authorities have effectively run the country as a totalitarian state which is indifferent to the people’s aspirations and deaf to any demands for accountability, essentially giving themselves carte blanche for uncontrolled wholesale political and financial corruption. As a result, in the 38 years since the revolution, Iran has developed as a nation only in terms of vast military expenditure, corruption and lack of any transparency.
According to the latest annual World Corruption Rankings report released by Transparency International a few days ago, Iran currently stands at number 131 out of 167 nations assessed on the basis of indicators of economic and administrative corruption. The Corruption Perception Index refers to the level of administrative and economic corruption within nations, with each graded on a scale of zero to 100; the greater the degree of corruption, the higher the number. In Transparency International’s report this year, Iran received a grade of 29, the previous year it and in 2013 it was 25, meaning that economic corruption in Iran is worse than in previous years. Although a large number of Iranian officials have acknowledged the existence of corruption within the regime and the looting of public funds, the endemic corruption continues to expand.
Experts and observers have warned that this corruption threatens to ignite a popular revolt against the authority of the mullahs, with the people seeing their standard of living falling steadily and an economic crisis spiraling out of control even whilst the regime’s officials continue to grow richer on the proceeds of massive corruption and embezzlement of public funds