Iran sacks oil manager over dual citizenship

November 2, 2011 11:44

TEHRAN - Iran has fired the head of an oil company because he was discovered to have dual nationality -- a sensitive issue after a top bank manager fled to Canada during a huge fraud scandal, the Vatan-e Emrouz daily reported on Wednesday.

"A managing director of an oil company has been sacked due to his dual citizenship over the last few days," Vatan-e Emrouz reported without identifying the company or second nationality of the man involved.Iran's oil industry is controlled by the state sector so most managers are state officials.

The Islamic Republic does not officially recognize dual citizenship, and so people with dual nationalities are formally barred from applying for government jobs.

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