Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a frank discussion of the growing banking scandal in the country told a group of visiting government officials that if in the past ten years the government had followed his edict on combating the economic corruption in the country, the country would not have witnessed scandals such as the recent banking embezzlement.
“Although the senior government officials welcomed (our edict of ten years ago) on combatting economic corruption in the country, if they had followed those suggestions, we would have never faced scandals such as the recent banking corruption incident,” Ayatollah Khamenei said [Fars News Agency, 3 October].
“Such incidents would affect the hearts and minds of our people, and break their hearts. Do they really deserve this? People getting upset over such incidents, even lose their hope (in their government), only because the government leaders did not act (to eliminate the corruption),” Khamenei added.
“From the very early years, I had warned everyone not to let corruption become endemic and grow roots (in the society). When passing of time, uprooting corruption becomes that much more difficult. The honest investors become disappointed. But unfortunately (the campaign against corruption) did not materialize,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The supreme leaders promised the public that the three branches of the government would be committed to fight corruption and would monitor the recent banking scandal and similar incidents. He warned against misuse of the recent incident to bring the senior government leader under question. Ayatollah Khamenei added that the officials in the government, Majlis and the Judiciary are performing their duties.
“The people should know, the officials will monitor this latest incident carefully, and the hands of all the traitors will be cut,” Khamenei said.