Iranian banker could be in Canada illegally
By Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau
Sayeh Hassan says it's great authorities are examining how the ex-head of Iran's state-owned Bank Melli, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, obtained Canadian citizenship in 2005.
"I think it's a really good sign and it's going to send a strong message to people like Mr. Khavari that they can't just come to Canada and use Canada as a safe haven," said Hassan.
Bank Melli has long been suspected of ties to Iran's notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard and funding Tehran's nuclear ambitions and terrorist activities.
Khavari abruptly resigned from Bank Melli in late September and is wanted in connection to an Iranian financial scandal.
Earlier this month he flew to Toronto where a $3-million mansion is listed in his name.
But Khavari may just be the tip of the iceberg.
"There is concern that there are a lot more like him in Canada," said Hassan. "Unfortunately it's a lot more difficult to identify who they are."
The investigation involving Khavari follows a federal effort launched in July to revoke the citizenships of 1,800 people believed to be guilty of fraud.
There's no indication that effort has targeted other members of the Iranian regime.
WHY IS THERE AN IRANIAN TERROR FINANCIER IN CANADA?
by Rhonda spivak, October 19, 2011
The Canadian-Iranian blogger “Winston,” who writes at The Spirit of Man website, drew attention to this important story.
About three weeks ago, the news broke in the Iranian press of an embezzlement scandal. Three billion dollars went missing from an Iranian bank, the largest single instance of embezzlement in a regime where graft is commonplace.
Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the managing director of Bank Melli, has fled to Canada. The Washington Post provides further context regarding the scope of the embezzlement, those involved, and how they link into other Iranian political scandals.
As Michal Rubin, writing in Commentary Magazine has said, what the Washington Post does not mention is that Bank Melli has been involved in the transfer of funds to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah through the Qods Force, as well as Iran’s nuclear program. Bank Melli was among the Iranian financial institutions which the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned in 2007.
The Globe and Mail, reported that Khavari, who resigned amid this "massive embezzlement scandal, one that has soured the political fortunes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is reported to be in the Toronto area – where a $3-million home is owned in his name."
"The scandal is described as the biggest fraud in that country’s history. The amounts of money involved exceed even the $2-billion loss the Swiss bank UBS recently sustained due to a rogue trader."
The article in the Globe and Mail gives a lot of background and is worth a read http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/banker-in-iran-scandal-said-to-be-in-toronto/article2187315/.
The question that pro-democracy Canadian Iranians, and many others, have been asking is why it is that Khavari has been allowed to live in Canada when it is very clear that he has been linked ot the Iranian teroro machine.
As Sayeh Hassan, a Canadian Iranian lawyer told the Winnipeg Jewis Review on October 18, 2011
"Basically he [Khavari] was the head of Melli Bank in Iran which is the largest bank in Iran and has been sanctioned by US as well as UN for funding nuclear programs and funding terrorist organizations like Hamas. Obviously since he was the head of the bank, one can only suspect his involvement...It's been all over the news lately and the Canadian Gov. refuses to make any comment. As concerned Canadians we musturge theCanadian Government to re-open Khavari's immigration file, revoke his [Canadian] citizenship and freeze all his assets in Canada.
Hassan adds, "High ranking individuals within the dictatorship's regime should not be allowed to use Canada as a safe haven."
Hassan has made a video report in front of Khavari's home in Toronto. To go to the English section, start the video at the 5 minute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYK2BWg_hFs
Until recently Mahmoud Reza Khavari was the chairman of the board of directors of Melli Bank, the largest bank in Iran.
In the midst of a large embezzlement scandal he resigned and left Iran legally. Currently he is believed to be residing in Toronto, Ontario.
According to various media reports not only does Reza Khavari own property worth millions of dollars in Canada, he has also been able to obtain Canadian Citizenship.
The Melli Bank in Iran has been sanctioned by the US for its involvement in funding nuclear and missile programs as well as funding terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad. As the head of this bank, Reza Khavari has been directly involved in these activities.
It must be noted that as the head of the largest bank in Iran Reza Khavari was a key figure within the Islamic Regime in Iran until very recently. Islamic Regime in Iran is a regime that not only systematically arrests, tortures, rapes and executes its own citizens, but is also very actively involved in funding terrorism worldwide.
It is cause for concern that such an individual has been able to obtain a Canadian Citizenship and is using Canada as a safe haven.
So far the Canadian Government has been silent on this issue, however as concerned Canadians we must urge the Canadian Government to re-open Reza Khavari’s immigration file, revoke his citizenship and freeze all his assets in Canada.
High ranking individuals within dictatorship regime’s should not be allowed to use Canada as their safe haven!
Video report in front of Reza Khavari’s home- Toronto- The English Section starts at minute 5.
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