Whistleblower sentenced to prison for exposing corruption

A parliamentary investigator who complained publicly about corruption among top regime officials and clerics was sentenced to six years in prison, after a Tehran court reduced his initial sentence from 10 years to 6.

Abbas Palizdar had complained in 2008 about large-scale corruption in the regime – corruption that included senior ayatollahs.

He was accused of slander, but the charges of undermining state security were dropped. Palizdar is no reformer; he is an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In 2009, Supreme Leader Khamenei publicly rebuked Ahmadinejad for complaining publicly about high-level official corruption and for naming names – including a top Khamenei aide.

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