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Iran sentences billionaire, Babak Zanjani, and two of his associates, to death!

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A step in the right direction?

I recall a plan that George Carlin had for the elimination of corruption by executing money-laundering bankers during half-time on Monday Night Football. Of course, he was only jesting!

It looks as though Iran might have taken him at his word! According to SFGate.com:

An Iranian court has sentenced a well-known tycoon to death for corruption linked to oil sales during the rule of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the judiciary spokesman said Sunday.

Babak Zanjani and two of his associates were sentenced to death for “money laundering,” among other charges, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi said in brief remarks broadcast on state TV. He did not identify the two associates. Previous state media reports have said the three were charged with forgery and fraud.

 “The court has recognized the three defendants as ‘corruptors on earth’ and sentenced them to death,” said Ejehi. “Corruptors on earth” is an Islamic term referring to crimes that are punishable by death because they have a major impact on society. The verdict, which came after a nearly five-month trial, can be appealed.
A news website run by the judiciary identified the two associates as British-Iranian businessman Mahdi Shams, who was detained in 2015, and the other as Hamid Fallah Heravi, a retired businessman.
Zanjani, arrested in 2013, owes more than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion) for oil sales he made on behalf of Ahmadinejad’s government, according to Iran’s Oil Ministry. One of Iran’s wealthiest businessmen, Zanjani has amassed a fortune worth an estimated $14 billion.
Other wealthy individuals have been executed in Iran for similar charges. In 2014, Iran executed billionaire businessman Mahafarid Amir Khosravi over corruption charges.
If we in the U.S. started executing billionaires for corruption, we MIGHT have to “break in” an almost-entirely-new “1%!”
-Bill at

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