Shahram Jazayeri

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Shahram Jazayeri
Shahram Jazayeri Arab

1972 (age 46–47)
Ahwaz, Iran
EscapedFebruary 2007
Escape endMarch 2007
Date apprehended
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 19 March 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 11 October 2014, Jazayeri was released from prison at the age of 42.[9][1]


  1. ^ Iran Daily – National – 02/24/07 Archived 11 September 2007 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 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ بركناری‌های گسترده در دستگاه قضايي به‌خاطر فرار شهرام Archived 28 September 2007 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 4 March 2007 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