Iran's president criticises widening corruption

2014-12-08 14:15
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)

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Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is criticising widening corruption in his country in unusually blunt terms, saying money once "given under the table now is being given on the table".

Rouhani made the comments on Monday at a meeting of an anti-corruption campaign aired live on state television. They come as Iran is in the middle of a plan to decentralise and privatise its economy.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeatedly has warned officials over possible corruption during implementing the program.

In May, Iran executed a billionaire business person Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, convicted of being at the heart of a $2.6bn state bank scam in Iran, the largest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On Monday, Rouhani said: "The continuation, the deepening and the expansion of corruption is endangering, the Islamic Revolution."
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