Tahmab Mazaheri, trying to enter Germany, was stopped at customs at Dusseldorf airport with a check for $70 million was Iran’s former central bank chief, The Associated Press reported on Saturday, Feb 2.
German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that German customs officials issued a statement saying that a check for 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela was found in the then unnamed 59-year-old man luggage. 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars is equal to approximately 70 million American dollars, or 45 million British pounds.
The man was later identified as Tahmasb Mazaheri, the former governor of the Central Bank of Iran from 2007 through 2008. Mazaheri replaced Ebrahim Sheibani as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran because he was considered more open to reform ideas by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the banking sector. Prior to his appointment to governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Mazaheri was General Secretary from 1991 until 1994.
German police and customs are investigating Tahmasb Mazaheri for possible money laundering.
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