Saturday, May 24, 2014

Iranians Execute Billionaire; Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?

The Iranians may have an oil-soaked, corrupt regime led by a nuke-crazy megalomaniac, but at least the Iranian people won't stand for billionaires milking them dry. An Associated Press article posted on OpEd News reports of a stunning end to one billionaire's bank scam:

"TEHRAN, IRAN—A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.

"Authorities put Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, to death at Evin prison, just north of the capital, Tehran, the station reported. The report said the execution came after Iran’s Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

"Khosravi’s lawyer, Gholam Ali Riahi, was quoted by news website as saying that his client was put to death without any notice."

Oh how I have dreamed of such a fate for the Wall Street thieves we bailed out in 2008. Alas, here in America we have a much more advanced legal process. Our justice system is much more deliberate (meaning, if you have enough money you can bombard prosecutors in enough paperwork to delay trial for years). You are permitted competent and committed legal representation (if you have the monetary wherewithal, that is). You are granted certain inalienable rights (unless, of course, you are African-American or Latino). You have the right to appeal to a higher court if you are convicted in a lower court (but don't appeal to the Supreme Court, the most corrupt and vial high court in American history). So summary execution of a U.S. billionaire would never happen (no one with that much money in this country will ever be tried of anything, much less convicted).

I wonder how long Sheldon Adelson would last in Iran? One can dream, right?

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