In an interview with reformist daily Etemad on Sunday August 2, A Tehran City Councillor, Mahmoud Mirlohi, has revealed that the case of illegal sale of properties by the Tehran Municipality under Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is still open for investigation.
Qalibaf (Ghalibaf), who is currently the Speaker of Iranian Parliament (Majles) was the mayor of Tehran for 12 years from 2005 To 2017.
The case, also known as “the astronomical corruption at the Tehran Municipality,” has been under investigation on and off since 2017 and Qalibaf has lodged a counter-complaint against councillor Mirlohi and Yashar Soltani, a journalist who first disclosed the case on his website Memari News.
Mirlohi told Etemad that the dossier of “astronomical corruption at the Tehran Municipality” has disappeared in the corridors of the Iranian Judiciary.
However, he disclosed that some of the properties that had been illegally transferred to an IRGC-affiliate, the Rasa Tejarat Company, have been taken back during the past weeks. Rasa Tejarat is part of the IRGC’s Cooperative Foundation.
Qalibaf is a former IRGC major general and still enjoys the support and confidence of the military organization.
Initial reports about the case said that the Municipality had sold over 670 real estate properties to regime insiders and the circle of Qalibaf’s aides at prices much lower than the market price.
Mirlohi told Etemad on Sunday that the case now includes over 2,000 properties as further follow ups have revealed.
It is not clear how many of the properties were cheaply given away to Rasa Tejarat and how many to individuals, some of whom were most probably also members of IRGC.