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Iran: Mafia Trafficking in Clothing, With 95% of Imports Smuggled

Iran: Mafia Trafficking in Clothing, With 95% of Imports Smuggled

The Iranian regime’s policies have prepared the ground for the creation of state-backed mafias and trafficking networks; giving them full liberty to continue their activities.

One of these activities is the organized cloth trafficking, particularly black cloth used in Chador, by creating fake certificates at Iranian custom control.

Afasaneh Mehrabi, executive director of the regime’s Office of Textile and Garment Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Mining, and Commerce, admitted to the presence of this mafia in an interview with the state-run Tasnim news agency, on October 31.

She said: “We have to define mafia. Are smugglers part of this mafia? Is it possible for a commercial, or an organization to smuggle goods? Are they capable of importing goods that are needed in Islamic societies via unofficial import? Well, this could be the case.”

This regime’s executive director refused to give a straight answer. Yet, another state-run news agency, Alef, on May 21, 2018, in an article titled “95 percent of imported garments in Iran are smuggled” revealed another part of the regime’s institutionalized corruption and plundering.

It read: “Last week, custom office in the Kish Island discovered 80 containers of smuggled textiles and cloth. Yet Iran Customs CEO, Forood Asgari, claims trafficking statistics through official and free zones are zero.”