TEHRAN (AFP) -Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said Saturday political life in the Islamic republic was tainted by “dirty money”, including from drugs, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“A large part of the moral corruption in this country comes from the introduction of dirty money into politics,” the minister was quoted as saying.
Iran was in 136th place out of 175 last year in an index of nations seen as corrupt by Transparency International, a non-governmental organisation.
“Part of this money is now in politics,” said Rahmani Fazli, who was speaking during a seminar of police officials charged with fighting drugs trafficking. “For example, a candidate in municipal elections spends 20 billion rials ($600,000). When asked where it came from, he says friends helped him. This dirty money is everywhere.”
Rahmani Fazli cited money both from drug trafficking and from contraband, saying this amounted to the equivalent of nearly $20 billion every year.