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Iran MP says public knowledge of graft could cause 'social shock'

A member of the Iran's parliamentary committee investigating corruption under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration said revealing to the public the extent of the graft would cause a "social shock" and harm the government.

“The dimensions of corruption in the cases at the investigation committee are so high that we are scared that if they become public it would cause trauma to the system,” MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh said.

Jafarzadeh, pictured above, said one of the more distressing sources of corruption involved the Foundation for Martyrs.

“How could some within the administration take advantage, with complete awareness, of the families of martyrs and veterans?" he said.

Jafarzadeh said "suddenly making public the dimensions of the corruption" could hurt the country. Instead he argued for a "review of this corruption . . . at a court that is not public.”

The first high-profile individual from the Ahmadinejad administration to be named by the committee was the head of the Social Security Organization, Saeed Mortazavi, according to a report in Al-Monitor. The committee didn't release any details about the alleged wrongdoing.

The parliamentary committee said sectors of the economy hurt by corruption during the prior regime include the steel, copper and automotive industries.

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