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Revealed: Iranian supreme leader’s $95 billion business empire

Source : Reuters Exclusive | 12 Nov 2013

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation’s current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows.

The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leader’s enduring power and now holds stakes in nearly every sector of Iranian industry, including finance, oil, telecommunications, the production of birth-control pills and even ostrich farming.

Threats of 'Revolution' in Pakistan as Popular Outrage Grows

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 16 Jan 2013

Pakistan's internal political atmosphere was tense Tuesday as tens of thousands gathered outside Parliament in the capital city of Islamabad to join a popular protest against corruption in government, calling for 'revolution' if their demands for a peaceful transition of power were not followed.

Sarkozy received ‘€50 million’ from Qaddafi: report

By Al Arabiya | 04 Jan 2013

France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50 million from the late Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, a French judge has been told, a report on Thursday revealed.

Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine told an investigative judge that he has “written proof” that transfers from Qaddafi and one of his sons to Sarkozy exceeded €50m in illegal payments, British newspaper the Independent reported.

Huge wealth of Turkey 1980 coup generals revealed

Source : Agencies | 28 Nov 2012

Turkish government report has revealed huge wealth of families of five leading 1980 coup generals as investigation into the most bloody military coup on Sept. 12 deepens.

The Finance Ministry's Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) completed its report on the wealth of five leading coup generals and revealed that families of the coup generals possess striking amount of wealth. The report was submitted to the 12th İstanbul High Criminal Court as part of the investigation into the 1980, Sept. 12 militar coup.

Review details how Afghan execs looted Kabul Bank

By Deb Riechmann | AP | 28 Nov 2012

Hundreds of millions of dollars from Kabul Bank were spirited out of Afghanistan — some smuggled in airline food trays — to bank accounts in more than two dozen countries, according to an independent review released on Wednesday about massive fraud that led to the collapse of the nation’s largest financial institution.

Switzerland blocked $1 billion in 'Arab Spring'

Source : Agencies | 16 Oct 2012

Switzerland has blocked nearly one billion Swiss francs ($1.07 billion) in stolen assets linked to dictators in four countries at the centre of the Arab spring - Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia - the Swiss foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Swiss authorities are cooperating with judicial authorities in Tunisia and Egypt to speed restoration of the funds, but it is expected to take years, said Valentin Zellweger, head of the international law department at the Swiss foreign ministry.

Secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader's inner circle

Source : Guardian News & Media | 15 Mar 2012

Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, according to a cache of what appear to be several thousand emails received and sent by the Syrian leader and his wife.

The Syrian leader was also briefed in detail about the presence of western journalists in the Baba Amr district of Homs and urged to "tighten the security grip" on the opposition-held city in November.

In Egypt, Corruption Cases Had an American Root

by James V. Grimaldi and Robert O’Harrow Jr. : The Washington Post | Cairo / 21 Oct 2011

Beginning two decades ago, the United States government bankrolled an Egyptian think tank dedicated to economic reform. A different outcome is only now becoming visible in the fallout from Egypt’s Arab Spring.

Iraq regime tries to silence corruption whistleblowers

by Patrick Cockburn : The Independent/UK | 29 Sept 2011

The Iraqi government is seeking to silence critics who accuse it of rampant corruption by removing officials who try to prosecute racketeers and intimidating politicians and journalists who support them.

This month alone it has forced the head of its anti-corruption watchdog to resign. And a prominent Iraqi journalist, who had been threatened for leading anti-government protests, was shot dead in his home in Baghdad.

Qaddafi family homes become looters’ delight

By Karin Laub : AP | 25 Aug 2011 / Tripoli

Muammar Qaddafi’s son Al-Saadi liked fast cars, yachts and soccer, and his beachfront villa was stocked with his expensive toys. His sister Aisha lived in a two-story mansion with an indoor pool and sauna.

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