Mehr News Agency reported on Tuesday the arrest of Mehrshad Soheili, a 17-year-old commander of a jihadi base affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards.
Soheili had previously been accused in some media reports of corruption, spreading false news and exaggerating his activities.
IRGC officials say they have launched 42,000 jihadist groups in recent years, claiming that they are working to eliminate deprivation through these groups. The Revolutionary Guards have not yet published a report on the budgets of these groups. Some of these groups, which are active in the Sunni areas of Iran, are also active in the field of propagating the Shiite religion.
Mr. Soheili, a native of Ilam who ran Hazrat Mahdi’s residence, claimed that he operated in 31 provinces and had 1,500 active members, and that he was in contact with the offices of some Shiite imitators in Qom and the office of Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi.
Iranian state television has also broadcast a documentary about Mesbah Yazdi meeting with him.
Farhikhtegan newspaper recently wrote in a detailed report that most of the alleged activities of institutions affiliated with Mehrshad Soheili to distribute bread or facilities in deprived areas such as “repairing 50,000 deprived houses” or distributing two million food presses among the needy are not true.
The newspaper also wrote that the turnover of his accounts was several billion tomans and that the 17-year-old teenager named the property he bought through the money of these institutions in the name of his relatives.
In this report, Mehrshad Soheili describes his activities and says that senior Revolutionary Guards officials were aware of his activities, but because others were jealous of his activities, they propagandized against his institution. Blocked.
Mehrshad Soheili, under the supervision of the Islamic Propaganda Organization, has launched the “Imam Sadegh Institute” and said that he has more than two billion tomans in his personal account and that of the institute, which he has earned in various ways.
In recent years, there has been widespread publicity in the Iranian domestic media, including media outlets affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, as “the youngest commander” about Mehrshad Soheili. Mr. Soheili was mentioned as a role model for the revolutionary generation.
Now imagine that corruption in Iran’s administrative system is so institutionalized that a 17-year-old can steal billions of tomans. Given that the Revolutionary Guards control a large part of Iran’s financial resources, you will realize how much the IRGC’s top commanders pay. They have pocketed.
Due to the evils of the Islamic Republic and sanctions, the majority of Iranians live below the poverty line and are a minority in prosperity, in the shadow of corruption, bribery and embezzlement.