Friday, April 14, 2006

France launches a judicial investigation into bribing of the Rafsanjani family

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
Agence France Presse reports that a French investigative judge has launched an investigation into charges of bribing the Rafsanjani family by the French oil company, Total. Quoting the French newspaper, Le Canard Enchaine, this investigation is being conducted at the behest of Swiss authorities in connection to money laundering in Switzerland. Swiss authorities are following sources that have deposited huge sums of money into several bank accounts that belong to the Rafsanjani family.

Sources investigating the case have indicated that the French oil company Total, has bribed certain authorities of the Islamic regime, including the Rafsanjani family in order to obtain oil contracts. The sources added that it is quite likely that Total did in fact deposit these sums to the Swiss bank accounts of the Rafsanjanis.