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14.04.2011 by Hassan Shahin
The unrest wave in the Middle East is leading to strategic changes. This crisis is striking almost all the countries, and after four weeks of demonstrations in Syria, there is a growing concern among many Iranian leaders. They fear the repercussions of the so-called «domino factor». Therefore, the Iranian leadership has now focused its efforts in anticipating the events and get prepared for them, if they can.
On Monday, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced that the Guards units will soon undergo structural reforms and that the changes will be based on analysis of all the developments. He urged the Guards to be more accurate in their analysis of the situation.
These comments come as the frustration felt by the Iranian people has been growing in the face of the regime’s repression.
This deep concern is translated into financial terms. Sources close to the hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said senior leaders including within the «Revolutionary Guards» started smuggling their money to banks outside Iran. So far, these monies were locally in Mellat, Sepah and Exports banks. The money is sent to Turkey and some Islamic Countries in Central Asia (Pakistan and Turkmenistan) and South Asia (Indonesia and Malaysia).
According to financial sources, recently three Turkish banks received the amount of US$ 180 million from the accounts of senior officials. The sources added that US$220 million were transferred to two banks in Malaysia and Indonesia from the accounts of Iranian officials in the Bank Melli and Bank Saderat (Export).