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Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:37 PM

Subject: In The Canadian Parliament- Re: Mahmoud Reza Khavari

House of Commons - Monday, October 31, 2011 PETITIONS
Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to present a petition signed by prominent leaders in the Iranian Canadian community. A similar petition has been signed by thousands of human rights advocates, particularly from the Iranian community in Canada.

The petitioners are bringing the case of Mr. Khavari to Parliament's attention. Mr. Khavari, a dual Iranian–Canadian citizen and former chairman of Iran's largest bank, is wanted for questioning in Tehran. During the time he reportedly obtained his Canadian citizenship, Mr. Khavari led a financial institution belonging to the Iranian revolutionary guards, a known international sponsor of terrorism and the source of much of the violence against civilians during Iran's post-election protests.

The petitioners are requesting that the government investigate the conditions of Mr. Khavari's citizenship to see whether he obtained it by meeting all the legal requirements. This is a growing problem that the Iranian Canadian community is raising with the government. Just today, we read that a second Iranian banker has settled in Montreal. These individuals are associated with the Iranian regime, even if they find themselves on the wrong side of the regime today.

Many Iranian Canadians contacting my office argue that Canada should not be a safe haven for these individuals. It is a slap in the face of so many of the people who have moved to Canada to avoid the torture and violence of this regime.

Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present two petitions. The first petition is with respect to a matter that has already been brought before us about a particularly compelling matter.

The first petition is from a group of Iranian Canadians who wish to bring to the attention of the House the concerns they have with regard to Mahmoud-Reza Khavari, a former managing director and chairman of the board of the largest state-owned Iranian financial institution, the Melli Bank. He was also director on the board of another principle state-owned entity, the Sepah Bank.

Of particular concern is Mr. Khavari's alleged settling here in Canada. These two banks, with which Mr. Khavari has been intimately associated, are state-owned entities that have been blacklisted by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations for having assisted Iran, both with respect to its nuclear weaponization program and with respect to its financing of terrorist activities, thereby threatening international peace and security.

The petitioners call upon the government of Canada to recognize the grave concern that Mr. Khavari poses in this regard to peace and security in general. They ask that the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism look into the situation with respect to the acquisition of citizenship and permanent residence, and whether these were acquired by fraud, misrepresentation or any form of concealed material circumstances.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Islamic Republic of Financial Embezzlement"

One put it as " Ali Baba & 40 thieves"

News from Iran-
Bankroberreytcy !

Mahmoud Reza Khavari ( The general manager of Bank Melli in Iran ,who escaped to Canada) was given last chance to return to Iran !
The name of Mohammad Reza Rahimi, first deputy of Ahmadinejad and Esfandiar Rahimmashaei ,former head of Ahmadinejad's office is also in the list of those accused in this embezzlement.
It has been claimed that, Khavari left Iran with the help of Rahimi first deputy of Ahmadinejad.
Ejeei : " Khavari will face more charges if not returned ."
Mr. Ejeei public prosecutor general of the country : "My advice to him is ,if he comes back, it will be in his interest,but we are not uninformed about his situation."
Anyhow ,the agents of the ministry of information are following the subject and have informations which will be given to us . But i have to say that ; we are disappointed from his return , and if we feel that ; he is not going to return to the country , we have no other choice but to go through "Interpol " and legal channels."Added Ejeei the Islamic Republic public prosecutor General.
Link to this news in Farsi:
Islamic Republic of financial embezzlement brought the economy of the country under collaps and bankruptcy . According to past news , no money left in the central bank (zero on reserve fund )-
Based on the latest news , Mr. Mohammad Jahromi son inlaw of Ayatollah Nategh Noori a member of assembly of expert ( Khobregane Rahbari and past head of Khamenei's office manager ) has been arrested in connection with 3000 billion tuman financial embezzlement. Mr. Jahromi was the general manager of Saderat Bank another major bank in Iran.
Mr. Ejeei today announced that; 67 persons were charged with high ranking as managers and officials in "Amir Mansour Arya " company .Amir Mansour Arya is the accused number one in this 3000 billion Tuman financial embezzlement. At present 31 people are in detention ,added Mr. ejeei.
Minister of finance is going to be impeached in Majles( Parliament) . Many MP's signed petition to call Ahmadinejad for questioning . One MP Mr. Ali Motahari resigned because of delay by Majles( Parliament ) to bring Ahmadinejad for questioning.
Other Embezzlements in the Islamic Re-pub-leak :
1200 billion tuman embezzlement by Fatemi circle.
10000billion Tuman embezzlement in Saaypa company
110 billion tuman internal debt by Ahmadinejad's Government
22 Billion Dollar external debt by Ahmadinejad's Government
Nourozi speaking with ILNA:
"The documents on Kish Financial embezzlement is complete"
These are taken from Islamic Republic official websites.
Country is in economic mess ..... I dont know what else to say


Tuesday, November 01, 2011 4:12 PM

Subject: Mahmoud Reza Khavari, Mehregan Amirkhosravi and cohorts in Canada
Photo: The home owned by the family of Mehregan Amirkhosravi in Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec on October 30, 2011:
Case of Iranian banker reaches Parliament


By Colin Freeze and Tu Thanh Ha

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

Published Monday, October 31, 2011 9:34PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, November 01, 2011 7:34AM EDT


A financier who fled from Iran to Canada during an embezzlement scandal is the subject of a citizenship-fraud investigation, but is not considered a criminal or an active security threat, top Canadian security officials say.

The case of Mahmoud Reza Khavari was discussed in Canada’s Parliament for the first time on Monday as federal officials were grilled on whether they adequately screen for problematic individuals before people are allowed into Canada.

Until September, Mr. Khavari headed Bank Melli, a major Iranian lender that has been blacklisted internationally for alleged ties to Tehran’s nuclear programs. “There’s something here that has to be looked at,” Conservative senator Daniel Lang said as he pressed for answers on how the banker found a haven in Canada.

The question arose during scheduled Senate committee testimony on the measures Canada is taking to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

“We do investigate threats to the security of Canada, we do investigate individuals who are in Canada regardless of their citizenship, and we do provide advice to immigration officials where there is a security concern,” replied Jeff Yaworski, an executive with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. But he added that “in the case of this particular individual, there was nothing that I'm aware of that came to the surface.”

Mr. Khavari, who sources say has been a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen since 2005, left Iran in September as prosecutors there announced they wanted to question him in connection with a $2.6-billion embezzlement scandal that has led to the arrest of several bankers. Tehran also wants an international warrant for Mr. Khavari’s arrest.

The security officials testified that Canada has no extradition treaty with Iran. But Mr. Khavari could be stripped of his Canadian citizenship under immigration laws if officials discover he misrepresented himself to gain status.

RCMP assistant commissioner Mike Cabana, told the Senate committee that “there is a process in place … our agencies are supporting CIC [Citizenship and Immigration Canada] in their decision-making process.”

The banker’s continuing freedom and apparent wealth – he and his family own several Toronto properties – have angered Iranian diaspora groups. It’s unclear how he could become a Canadian citizen while working in Iran as an elite banker.

Sources say Mr. Khavari is indicative of a much larger wave of people who have slipped into Canada. The Globe and Mail reported Monday that one of several brothers whose family business is at the heart of the Iranian embezzlement scandal moved to Montreal this past summer.

John Davies, who is Public Safety Canada’s national-security policy director, told the committee that the bureaucracy is considering tweaking immigration laws. “There is quite an active look,” he testified, adding that the bureaucracy is studying dormant security certificate laws, which allow officials to kick out potentially dangerous foreigners under relatively low legal thresholds.

With a report from Bill Curry in Ottawa

Second man linked to Iranian bank scandal has moved to Montreal

By Colin Freeze and Tu Thanh Ha

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, October 30, 2011 9:29PM EDT

Last updated Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011 9:33PM EDT


A second figure linked to the major banking scandal that has rattled Iran’s financial and political circles is now confirmed to be in Canada, in addition to the top Iranian banker who moved to Toronto last month.

The latter, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen and former chairman of Iran’s largest bank, is wanted for questioning in Tehran. There is no extradition treaty between the two countries.

A relative has now confirmed that Mehregan Amirkhosravi, one of several brothers whose family business empire is at the heart of the scandal, moved to Montreal this summer, a month or two before the allegations became public.

Mr. Amirkhosravi and his wife, Toba, already have children studying in Montreal, a brother-in-law, Mohammad Ali Abdollahzadeh, said in an interview Sunday.

Mr. Amirkhosravi’s presence in Canada was first reported by HafteH, a weekly of the Montreal Iranian community, which published photos of the couple as they recently left the offices of Immigration Quebec.

Property records show that in July, Mr. Amirkhosravi’s daughter, Hiva, purchased a $980,000 house in the Dollard-des-Ormeaux district. The magazine said she is a student at John Abbott College.

On Sunday, the blinds were drawn at the spacious single-family home. A man in a business shirt who came to the door answered, “Yes,” when asked if he was Mr. Amirkhosravi. He said he had arrived in Canada three months ago, but declined to answer further questions.

Mr. Abdollahzadeh said the Amirkhosravis have been trying to emigrate to Canada from Iran for about two years.

“They didn’t come illegally, they came legally,” said Mr. Abdollahzadeh, who lives outside Montreal. “They came with a visa.”

The family’s children have been studying in Montreal for nearly two years, he added.

Mr. Abdollahzadeh said Mr. Amirkhosravi arrived in Canada before the embezzlement scandal erupted in Iran.

“When he was here, everything started, all the stories happened,” he said.

Mr. Amirkhosravi’s brother, Mahafarid, has been detained in Tehran on allegations that he is involved in an alleged $2.6-billion embezzlement, one of the largest in Iranian history. Iranian media say that the family’s holdings have been ordered frozen by the country’s central bank.

The scandal has undermined the office of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose chief of staff supported some of the transactions now under investigation. On Sunday, enough lawmakers signed a petition to force Mr. Ahmadinejad to appear before the Iranian parliament for questioning.

Dozens of officials have been detained and Iran’s top prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, has asked that Mr. Khavari, the former head of the state-owned Bank Melli, return from Canada to answer questions.

Mr. Khavari, who gained Canadian citizenship in 2005, resigned as Melli’s chairman and left last month for Toronto, where his family owns several properties, including a $3-million home.

Federal officials have not publicly commented on how Ottawa will deal with Iran’s interest in Mr. Khavari. Two weeks after The Globe and Mail first contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs for comments, questions were referred to the RCMP, which would not say if it is investigating.

However, sources say that Citizenship and Immigration Canada is now checking whether there are grounds to revoke Mr. Khavari’s citizenship.

With reports from Colin Freeze and the Associated Press

Quds Force linked to Iranian bank at centre of fraud scandal

By Colin Freeze and Tu Thanh Ha

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:08PM EDT


The Quds Force, an Iranian military group alleged on Tuesday to be behind a terrorist plot to kill the Saudi envoy in Washington, has been linked in the past to Bank Melli, the Tehran financial institution whose chairman flew to Toronto last month after a massive fraud scandal.

While Mahmoud Reza Khavari, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen, made headlines last month when he resigned as Melli’s chairman after several Iranian banks became embroiled in a $2.6-billion (U.S.) embezzlement case, the international community has long been concerned about some of the bank’s other activities.

The United States and the European Union have accused Bank Melli and another Iranian lender where Mr. Khavari worked, Bank Sepah, of financing terrorism and helping fund Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. Treasury Department in 2007 accused Bank Melli of funnelling $100-million to the Quds Force, using “deceptive banking practices to obscure its involvement.”

As early as 2003, Ottawa blocked a bid by Bank Melli to set up shop in Canada, according to a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

The cable describes a 2008 discussion with Robert Sample, senior project leader for the financial crimes section at Finance Canada. “He commented `off the record’ that about five years ago, Canada rejected Iranian Bank Melli's application to open a Canadian subsidiary,” it said.

Contacted by The Globe and Mail last week, Mr. Sample referred the call to his department’s press officers, who referred it to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. For nearly two weeks, DFAIT has not replied to Globe questions about Mr. Khavari.

Mr. Khavari’s family was in the Toronto area as early as 2001. They owned a $3-million home in the upscale Bridle Path neighbourhood and a $660,000 home in North York.

Tehran’s top prosecutor is threatening to detain Mr. Khavari if he fails to return to answer questions. Members of Iran’s parliament, meanwhile, have asked how a person with dual citizenship could have been put in charge of the state-owned bank.

“This is a situation that is going to engulf and dominate Iranian politics in the coming weeks if not months,” said Nader Hashemi, a professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

While Mr. Khavari became chairman in 2009, the bank has long been an object of interest to Western agencies.

In 2008, for example, Philip Robinson, head of the British financial regulator’s intelligence division, told U.S. diplomats that he “instructed his team and related British intelligence agencies to go out and `turn over every stone’ to obtain any information they can showing linkages between [weapons of mass destruction] proliferation, terrorist activities and the Iranian banks,” according to a leaked cable.

Bank Melli provided letters of credit and accounts that “facilitated numerous purchases of sensitive materials for Iran’s nuclear and missile programs,” the EU said.

The EU also alleged that Bank Melli set up a company in the Channel Island of Jersey so that it could operate a money-laundering shell company in New York.

The United States and the EU also moved to freeze assets of a string of Melli subsidiaries based in the Cayman Islands, Bahrain and Dubai.]

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