Iran's Khamenei condemns officials over bank scam

October 3, 2011 17:46

TEHRAN - Iran's supreme leader criticized the government on Monday for failing to prevent a $2.6 billion embezzlement, weighing into the political blame game over the biggest bank fraud the Islamic Republic has ever seen.

In his first comments on the case that has prompted calls for senior politicians to be sacked, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said officials had defied his instructions to stamp out corruption.

"I gave strong advice to the country's officials in recent years about combating economic corruption," Khamenei said in televised comments. "They welcomed my advice but, if correctly implemented, the recent economic corruption ... would not have occurred."

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