Iran's ex-bank chief found with $70m cheque at airport

Erin Tennant, ninemsn
6:57am February 4, 2013
The former head of Iran's central bank, Tahmasb Mazaheri.
The former head of Iran's central bank, Tahmasb Mazaheri.

A man caught attempting to bring a $67 million cheque in his luggage while entering Germany has been identified as the former head of Iran's central bank.

The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reports today that customs officials at Dusseldorf International Airport found the cheque in Tahmasb Mazaheri's bags after he arrived from Turkey on January 21.

Germans customs had issued a statement last Friday saying a cheque for 300 million Venezuelan Bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela was found on an unnamed 59-year-old man.

German authorities are investigating possible money laundering in the connection with the cheque.

Mr Mazaheri has not flatly denied the reports but did tell an Iranian news agency that he has never been arrested in Germany and is currently residing in Iran.

He served as governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran between 2007 and 2008.

Sources: Associated Press, ISNA news agency

Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley

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