A councilor disclosed Monday that more than five billion dollars of Tehran’s municipality funds went missing during Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf’s tenure as Mayor of Iran’s capital city, according to Radio Farda.
Qalibaf was a high ranking officer of the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) before becoming mayor of the capital.
On Sunday, the current mayor, Mohammad Ali Najafi had delivered a report to Tehran City Council, listing the municipality’s “violation” under General Qalibaf.
“There is 200 trillion rials (roughly $5 billion) difference between municipality’s income and expenses related to twelve years of Qalibaf’s tenure as mayor”, Iran Students News Agency, ISNA cited City Councilor Majid Farahani as saying.
“Some say that it has been used for paying the municipality’s overdue debts, but where was it registered; isn’t there any books and accountancy?”, Farahani demanded.
However, Farahani admitted that in the current mayor’s report delivered on Sunday, the missing figure is much higher and the fate of $14 billion of Tehran’s municipality budget is in limbo.
The polls show that Tehran municipality is among the “most corrupt” institutions in Iran, Farahani maintained, adding that one third of municipality’s clients have disclosed that they were asked to act against the law and regulations [mainly paying bribes].
The so-called pro-reform camp that currently controls the City Council and the municipality, insists that twelve-year of Qalibaf’s tenure was an epitome of corruption. Allegations of corruptions were made in 2017, but an authoritative report was pending.
Reportedly, during Qalibaf’s tenure, estates worth billions of dollars were generously distributed among conservative city councilors and municipal staff.
Allegedly, the estates and properties were not sold through proper channels, such as City Hall Property Agency, Najafi maintained, vowing details would be published after further investigation.