LONDON - A multi-billion dollar organization controlled by Iran's supreme leader
shook up the management of its charity division, appointing as its new
chief a man involved in the confiscation of thousands of properties from
Aref Nozori was named director general of the
Barakat Foundation, Iran's state news agency reported on Wednesday. The
foundation is a unit of a massive business empire controlled by
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that is known as Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate
The report by the Islamic Republic News Agency stated that
Setad's president, Mohammad Mokhber, had ordered the appointment of
Norozi, who once headed Setad's real-estate division and served on the
boards of several Setad-linked companies.
As a result of Norozi's
professional experience, the report said, "It is expected that the
Barakat Foundation's activities will be more extensive than before."