(Wikipedia) - Babak Zanjani
|(1974-03-21) March 21, 1974 (age 40) |
|Tehran, Iran |
|Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sorinet Group Owner of Rah Ahan F.C. |
| US$ < 0 (2014) |
|Sorinet Group |
Babak Zanjani (Persian: بابک زنجانی), also known as Babak Morteza Zanjani (بابک مرتضی زنجانی), is an Iranian named in the restrictive measures against Iran by the European Union on December 2012 by the EU council on the grounds of what was stated as "assisting designated entities to violate the provisions of the EU regulation on Iran and is providing financial support to the government of Iran". Zanjani was claimed to be "a key facilitator for Iranian oil deals and transferring oil-related money".
He owns and operates the UAE-based Sorinet Group. He also own the Qeshm Airlines and the Rah Ahan Sorinet F.C. in Iran. He denied the accusation, declining any ties with the Iranian government and calling the Europeans'' decision "a mistake". Contents
- 1 Sorinet Group
- 2 Alleged Dual Nationality
- 3 Arrest
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Sorinet Group (Persian: گروه شرکتهای سورینت) is an Iranian business conglomerate led by Babak Zanjani. The company is one of Iran’s largest business conglomerates. Sorinet businesses include cosmetics, finance and banking, hospitality, commercial aviation, infrastructure, building material, Information technology and international real estate development with operations in Iran, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Tajikistan, Malaysia and China as well as other emerging markets in the region.
The EU sanctions against Iran describe Babak Zanjani as "a key facilitator for Iranian oil deals and transferring oil related money" and accuses First Islamic Bank of being used to channel Iranian oil-related payments. Zanjani said the complex nature of his companies'' transactions, involving large sums, might have misled EU authorities. Companies of Babak Zanjani are or may be involved in the Labuan Iran oil smuggle at the eastern coast of Malaysia. Labuan has been serving as a drop-off spot for Iranian crude. Alleged Dual Nationality
In January 2013 an Iranian news website, Baztab, reported that Zanjani holds a Danish passport in addition to his Iranian one, a claim which was later denied by Zanjani. He called the passport''s copy "fake" saying in an interview with the news website of his football team: "...This story is too badly fabricated that even they put my picture on the passport without a tie, however, it is obligatory to tie a necktie to take pictures for European passports," which is not true. Arrest
On 30 December 2013, Zanjani was arrested by police due to his role in corruption scandal. Some days later, spokesman of National Bank of Tajikistan, denied any cooperation between Zanjani and the bank and claimed all documents have been presented by Zanjani about their two-way communications are fake.