Iranian former minister detained in Germany over USD 70-million check
Iranian Former Finance Minister Tahmasb Mazaheri approved the incorporation of an Iran-Venezuela bank in 2008
According to information released on the Sunday edition of daily newspaper Bild, customs authorities found the check in Mazaheri's luggage, AP cited.
Mazaheri, who is also the former chairman of the Central Bank of Iran, explained that the check was intended to fund the construction of 10,000 homes to be built by Venezuela.
The former official is likely to face charges for tax evasion. According to Bild, the German police and customs authorities are also investigating whether this is a money laundering case.
In 2008, an Iran-Venezuela bank, called Banco Internacional de Desarrollo, C.A., was set up upon the approval of the Venezuelan government. The incorporation of the bank was been preliminarily approved by Tahmasb Mazaheri acting in his capacity as head of the Central Bank of Iran.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Since the Venezuelan government imposed currency and price controls in 2003 property rights have been seriously affected, as the individual's freedom to acquire, use, enjoy and dispose of property has been severely restricted, according to experts.