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Iranian judge wanted in bribery case arrested in Romania

Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili

Iran’s Judiciary says a judge, who is accused of receiving €500,000 in bribes, has been arrested in Romania.

Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili announced on Saturday that Judge Gholamreza Mansouri is currently held by the International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol.

"This person is in the custody of Interpol in Romania and necessary arrangements have been made to extradite him; but given that the country does not have foreign flights at all due to the coronavirus, the extradition will be done with a delay," Esmaeili said.

Mansouri is implicated in a major ongoing financial corruption case involving Akbar Tabari, the former deputy head of the judiciary for executive affairs.

Since taking office, Iran's Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raeisi has stepped up investigations into graft charges.

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