by Armin Baldwin
Iran’s economic crisis will only intensify once full US sanctions are re-imposed in early November. In response, Iran’s leadership, such as Ahmad Jannati, chairman of both the Assembly of Experts and the Council of Guardians, are calling for speedy trials and tough sentences for economic criminals. As well, Supreme Leader Khamenei has approved the creation of “special courts” to fight corruption and financial crimes. Iranian leaders and officials are calling for the execution of economic criminals on the grounds of “spreading corruption on earth”.
While measures like this may deter the worst offenders, they are not going to resolve the deep-rooted and apparently irreversible corruption in the Iranian economy.