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Iran’s anti-corruption campaign

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing a meeting with the staff of the Islamic republic's foreign ministry in Tehran on August 6, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The government of Iran has taken several measures to curb financial crimes, however, it still has a long way ahead.

The size of the government, oil money, lack of transparency and some other elements such as the lack of serious determination to combat financial corruption have laid the groundwork for some individuals to commit financial crimes.

The government has started some actions to stop the corruption already such as arresting big culprits, Courts have issued 978 verdicts since last August, including nine death sentences and four life imprisonments.

As part of the measures taken by the government to cure corruption and ensure a healthy economy, a transparency bill was approved by Rouhani’s cabinet in mid-May. But it was on 22nd June 2019, that President Rouhani handed the landmark bill to Parliament for approval. The bill has 36 articles. It deals with all aspects of transparency in the government; economic, political, social and cultural.

The establishment has finally come to grips with the fact that the public has a right to know how their government spends their taxes.

This bill is separately tailored to each body of government, to extract their specific statistics and action reports, in a timely fashion.

Another factor is the smuggling of commodities. It’s a blow to domestic production and industry, which leads to unemployment, which leads to corruption spreading down into the lowest echelons of society.

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