Iran courts jail 30 men for 20 years each over economic crimes after public outcry Dec 10, 2018 0 424 12345 REUTERSDUBAIFast-track courts set up in Iran to fight economic crime have jailed 30 men for up to 20 years each, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed US sanctions and a public outcry against profiteering and corruption.The new Islamic revolutionary courts -- whose rulings cannot be appealed, except for death sentences -- were set up in August after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for “swift and just” legal action to confront an “economic war” by foreign enemies.Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, quoted by the body’s news website Mizan, said 29 Iranians and an Afghan foreign exchange dealer were found guilty of crimes including bribery, embezzlement and “disrupting the economy”.Many of the men were also fined, sentenced to lashes and had the “ill-gotten” part of their assets seized, Ejei said.Iran’s supreme court upheld the death sentence of a businessman for economic crimes, Ejei also said, weeks after the execution of two traders on similar charges.Iranian officials have accused arch-foes the United States and Israel, as well as regional rival Saudi Arabia and government opponents living in exile, of fomenting unrest and waging an economic and media war to destabilise Iran.The rial currency has lost about 65 percent of its value in 2018 under the threat of revived US sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars and gold cois on the unofficial market from ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings. RELATED ARTICLES Warring Yemen parties hold first direct talks in Sweden Dec 10, 2018 0 383 Libya’s NOC warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences if Sharara oilfield shut Dec 10, 2018 0 1303 Iran arrests 10 over suicide attack on police Dec 10, 2018 0 363 Iran detains academic over ‘infiltration’ charge DUBAI Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the .. US will continue to support Saudi-led coalition in Yemen: State Department REUTERS ABU DHABI The United States wants to continue support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s war and will remain engaged in efforts to combat Iranian influence and Islamist militancy in the Arab state, a State .. Australia asks Thailand to free refugee footballer Sydney: Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Sunday called on Thailand to immediately release football player Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali AlAraibi who is facing extradition to Bahrain. Payne said she had raised the .. Boko Haram kills two troops in Nigeria military base attack KANO: Two soldiers were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria, security sources told AFP on Sunday. The twin gun and suicide .. 5 govt officials killed in Sudan helicopter crash AFP Khartoum A HELICOPTER crashed on Sunday in eastern Sudan, killing at least five local officials who were on board, state media reported. Witnesses said the helicopter caught fire after hitting a communications .. UN launches aid delivery from Jordan to 650,000 Syrians AFP AMMAN The United Nations said on Sunday it began delivering aid to hundreds of thousands of Syrians through the Jaber-Nassib border crossing with Jordan, which reopened two months ago. In total, “369 trucks carrying .. Saudi refuses to extradite Khashoggi case suspects AFP Riyadh Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday rejected demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We do not ..