Report: Khamenei and son stashed billions in foreign accounts
(From IranChannel.org) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his son Mojtaba have stolen billions of dollars from Iran and stashed the money in foreign accounts. This is according to a document that purports to show the ill-gotten wealth in foreign bank accounts of 1,000 of Iran’s leaders and family members.
The list shows that Khamenei (in photo dressed in pink) and his son (in photo dressed in blue) have banked more than $57 billion in their personal accounts abroad.
The document first surfaced on a CNN website. The list starts with Khamenei’s son, Mojtaba. All names appear in Persian. IranChannel is translating all those names into English. In the meantime, we present the details of Khamenei and his son. Caution: We do not know the origin of this document or its veracity, but are only reporting on the existence of the document and its contents.
Ali Khamenei. According to the document, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic has the following funds in bank accounts abroad that total about US $36 billion. (This figure exceeds western intelligence estimates from 2010 that suggested Khamenei’s net worth was about $30 billion.)
- Switzerland (18 accounts, including in Micheloud & Cie/UBS/Credit Suisse) totaling €8.4 billion, or US $11.84 billion;
- Liechtenstein: $9.7 billion;
- Cayman Islands: $6.8 billion;
- Shanghai, China: $3.2 billion. This sum could account for Khamenei’s personal representatives going to China in April to work an oil and gas deal, and reports that the petrochemical enterprise that Khamenei created and placed in control of his son, Petro Nahad, has a division in Shanghai;
- Trinidad & Tobago: $400 million;
- South Africa: €2.1 billion, or US $2.96 billion;
- India: $630 million;
- United Arab Emirates: $560 million;
- Syria: $210 million.
Mojtaba Khamenei. The foreign-held funds owned by the Supreme Leader’s son, Mojtaba, total an estimated $21 billion, according to the document. IranChannel reported on May 3 that the Supreme Leader placed Mojtaba in charge of a new oil enterprise that controls the country’s oil and gas exports.
- United Kingdom: £1.14 billion in two accounts frozen since 2009, worth US $1.84 billion;
- Germany: €2.12 billion in four accounts, or US $2.99 billion;
- Qatar: $400 million;
- South Africa: €950 million in two accounts, worth $1.339 billion;
- Switzerland (18 accounts in UBS/Micheloud & Cie., Credit Suisse) totaling €3.85 billion, or US $5.427 billion;
- Liechtenstein: $2.8 billion;
- South Africa: $620 million (the document reports this in dollars, in addition to the two euro denominated accounts);
- Shanghai, China: $4.1 billion;
- United Arab Emirates: $700 million;
- Malaysia: A$670 million (Australian dollars), worth US $715 million.
We will publish more details as they become available. For speakers of Persian and English, you may read the list at: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-606777?ref=feeds/latest.
(Photograph of Khamenei and son, taken in 2008, is courtesy of Planet-Iran.com.)