Shahram Jazayeri

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Shahram Jazayeri
Born
Shahram Jazayeri Arab

1972 (age 45–46)
CitizenshipIranian
EscapedFebruary 2007
Escape endMarch 2007
Date apprehended
2001–2014
Imprisoned atEvin Prison

Shahram Jazayeri (Persian: شهرام جزایری‎) is Iranian entrepreneur and businessman who was involved in a high-profile corruption case.

Jazayeri was taken into custody in 2001, at the age of 24, for a long-list of criminal activities involving bribery, illegal exports, forgery and massive embezzlement of state money and assets.[1] At this time, as a student in Tehran, his personal wealth was approximately $264,000. The cases of Jazayeri raised questions about the Iranian government's commitment to deal seriously with corruption. Jazayeri was convicted in 2002 in a major corruption case involving 50 defendants, many of them sons of prominent clerics. In September 2004, his 27-year prison sentence was partially overturned, and he was occasionally released from prison on leave.[2]

Jazayeri paid huge amounts of money to the Iranian members of parliament. He confessed to paying about $15,600,000 to Hadi Khamenei, the Iran Supreme leader’s reformist brother, and about $5,800,000 to Mehdi Karroubi, former Majlis speaker without requesting anything in return.[3] He was reportedly arrested after he sent a check worth $35,000,000 to the office of Supreme Leader of Iran.

On 21 February 2007, Iran's Special Judicial Complex for economic affairs declared that Shahram Jazayeri has escaped, while being transferred to a court-assigned financial expert committee. There was suspicion of governmental involvement in his escape as it was assumed unlikely to escape from such prisons without assistance.[4] Hossein Shariatmadari of Kayhan newspaper wrote an article supporting the theory that those clerics were trying to cover-up the case.[3] Following the escape controversy, the head of Judiciary, Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, fired a number of those responsible in the case, including the head of Evin prison and a few judges, and ordered an opening of a case in the military court for the judges.[5] On March 19, 2007 Iran's head of intelligence agency confirmed that Jazayeri was arrested in an unnamed location in the Arabian Peninsula. His hiding location is said to be a remote village in Oman and handed over to Iranian authorities.[6]

In 2007, an Iranian newspaper reported that, unlike ordinary prisoners in Iran, Jazayeri had access to a laptop and two mobile phones and is living in luxury in prison and continued his business works overseas.[7]

In February 2007, Jazayeri was sentenced to US$61,861,200 and 14 years of prison. In 2008 he was seen several times in Dubai.[8]

After 11 years, on October 11, 2014, Jazayeri was released from prison at the age of 42.[9][1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Iran Daily - National - 02/24/07 Archived 2007-09-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ John Pike. "RFE/RL Iran Report".
  3. ^ a b "اخبار اقتصادی - ایران اکونومیست".
  4. ^ Special Judicial Complex declares Jazayeri's escape - Irna Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ بركناری‌های گسترده در دستگاه قضايي به‌خاطر فرار شهرام Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "دستگیری شهرام جزایری در یک روستای کشور عمان / جزایری تحویل مقامات ایرانی شده است". خبرگزاری مهر - اخبار ایران و جهان - Mehr News Agency. 18 March 2007.
  7. ^ ::Noandish::ستون "جهت اطلاع" روزنامه جمهوري اسلامي 5شنبه Archived 2007-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ ":: خبرگزاری حیات - 14 سال حبس برای شهرام جزایری عرب ::". Archived from the original on 8 March 2007.
  9. ^ fa:شهرام جزایری Farsi Wikipedia