1:33 p.m. March 18, 2007
TEHRAN, Iran – A fugitive Iranian businessman was arrested outside the country after escaping from authorities last month, Iran's justice ministry said Sunday.
Shahram Jazayeri had been sentenced in 2002 to 27 years in prison for embezzlement in a high-profile conviction that was part of a crackdown on graft ordered by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Prosecutors had charged Jazayeri, a former adviser to parliament's economic commission, with embezzlement, the payment of $4.2 million in bribes, and illegal interference in imports and exports.
In accordance with the Islamic law enforced in Iran, Jazayeri was also sentenced to 50 lashes. His prison term was later reduced to 14 years, Iranian media reported.
He escaped on Feb. 20 while being transferred from court to prison, newspapers reported at the tim