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article imageAhmadinejad accuses Ayatollah Khamenei's son of embezzlement

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 15, 2012 in World
Tehran - Amidst ongoing political infighting in Iran, prior to the Presidential elections in two months, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his one time supporter Mojtaba Khamenei, son of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of embezzlement.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has more on his mind than oil sanctions and accusations of developing nuclear weapons. As Iran's Presidential elections loom, internal political disputes are in full swing. As charges of embezzlement of state funds remain an ongoing issue, Ahmadinejad has accused the son of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of embezzlement.
Mojtaba Khamenei, whom the Guardian reported is being groomed as his father's successor despite the position of Supreme Leader not being a hereditary one, supported Ahmadinejad during the last two Iranian Presidential elections. It is not the first time Khamenei's name has been linked to embezzlement, but the first time such an accusation has come from Ahmadinejad himself. In February 2011 A Time to Betray listed Mojtaba Khamenei amongst a number of Iranians linked to state embezzlement, with Khamenei accused of siphoning off $85 million.
Alarabiya reported that Ahmadinejad has voiced his accusation after "his advisor and chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei and whose daughter is married to Ahmadinejad’s son" was accused by a pro-Khamenei government faction of embezzling $2 billion. The President then counteracted by saying if Mashaei was to be investigated then the Ayatollah's son should be investigated alongside him.
According to Alarabiya "Ahmadinejad added that he has documents which prove that Mojataba Khamenei has also embezzled what he sarcastically referred to as a “meager sum” and which amounts to one billion and 600,000 Euros."
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