Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei
"The goal is that the punishment of convicts of economic corruption be carried out urgently and justly," Khamenei wrote in a response published on his website.
Increased pressure from the United States, including its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions, have exacerbated long-standing public anger over mismanagement and corruption in the economy.
A disastrous attempt to fix the falling value of the rial in April added to the anger after the government revealed that politically-connected importers were hoarding the cheap dollars or selling them in the black market.
Earlier this month, the head of the central bank was sacked and his deputy in charge of foreign exchange arrested.
Corruption is deeply entrenched in Iran, where an opaque business environment provides huge opportunities for embezzlement and market manipulation.
With protests and strikes taking on a political edge in many places, pressure has mounted from all sides to take more concerted action against corruption. (AFP) RHL
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