Monday, February 4, 2013

THE SEIZED 300m Bs CHEQUE WAS A KICKBACK FOR IRANIAN MISSILE SALES TO VENEZUELA


Readers who were asking themselves today what on earth that cheque* for three hundred million Bolivars (equivalent of USD$70m), seized, upon arrival in Germany from the ex-Governor of the Central bank of Iran was for, we have your answer. The information may cause you some discomfort if you live within range of Venezuela's newly-opened ballistic base** on the Caribbean Sea, though, like Miami or New Orleans.

The money in the cheque was a kickback for facilitating a massive sale of Iranian ballistic missiles to Venezuela. The individual who was attempting to smuggle it into Germany, Tahmasb Mazaheri, was responsible for arranging the arms sale. He may no longer control the Central Bank in Tehran, but he obviously remains a powerful figure in Iran.

So, to anticipate your next question: Why Bolivars and not dollars ? The story is that dollar-strapped Venezuela was, at the time, unable to put together $70m, so they were forced to pay him in Bs. Don't you wonder where he was taking that cheque for deposit ?
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Note: if you missed either of the two relevant articles, you can access them here:
*German Customs seizes 300 Million Cheque from former Governor of Central Bank of Iran
**Venezuela has become a Clear and Present Danger to the United States

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