Iran issues death sentence for couple over economic corruption
Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said that Vahid Behzadi and his wife Najva Lashiedai were sentenced to death after the Special Court for Economic Crimes found them guilty of laundering around 200 million U.S. dollars.
Esmaili said the couple had also hoarded 100 kilograms of gold and over 24,700 gold coins.
The verdicts are not final and can be appealed within the next 20 days, said the judiciary spokesman.
The court has also handed down three to 15 years in prison to 32 other convicts over money laundering, he said, adding that the convicts had been involved in disrupting the foreign currencies, gold and car markets.
Among the convicts are two current parliament lawmakers, and each of them received sentences of 61 months in prison over involvement in activities that disrupted Iran's car market, he noted.
The judiciary spokesman said 11 new verdicts related to economic corruption would be announced in the upcoming days. ■