Iran IRGC Intelligence arrests commander over leaked audio

A telegram channel close to the security apparatus of the Islamic Republic reports that the intelligence service of the terrorist designated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC Intelligence) has arrested a high ranking IRGC official, Mohammad Ghaemi, on charges of publishing the audio file of the corruption of the IRGC leaders which exposed Iran’s speaker of the parliament, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who is also an IRGC commander.

The “secret” telegram channel claims that with this arrest, it has become clear that Mohammad Ghaemi is behind many documents that have been published in the Armed Forces financial files over the past years.

Also, based on “received news”, the analytical news website Iran Watch reported the arrest of “Mohammad”, the legal representative of Yas Holding during the administration of Saeed Mohammad, and wrote that this “IRGC commander” is probably in pre-trial detention without access to a lawyer for more than two months after a complaint from Mohammad Baqher Ghalibaf.

Yas holding was one of the IRGC’s front companies that operated dozens of subsidiaries but was shut down following the revelation of dozens of corruption cases in 2017.

In February 2015, a 50-minute audio file of the statements of Mohammad Ali Jafari, former commander-in-chief of the IRGC, and Sadegh Zolghadrnia, the IRGC’s economic deputy, about corruption in the organization was released, after which Fars News Agency, close to the Revolutionary Guards, confirmed its authenticity.

In this audio file, the role of Ghasem Soleimani and his connection with major corruption cases related to the IRGC’s Quds Force, the IRGC Cooperative Foundation, and the Tehran Municipality are discussed.

A few days after the release of this audio file, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ali Khamenei, claimed in a speech that “slander” against the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the Guardian Council, the Revolutionary Guards, and Ghasem Soleimani were among those designed by the “enemy think tanks.”

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