Spain: Spain extradites former banker sentenced in Iran for corruption

Spain has extradited a fugitive former Iranian executive implicated in a large financial corruption case, in what Iran’s judiciary says is the first such extradition from Europe.

Alireza Heydar Abadipour, the former CEO of Sarmayeh Bank, touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, where media and police officials were waiting for his arrival.

Heydar Abadipour was arrested in Spain in June 2019 after Iranian police requested Interpol to issue a “red notice” – an electronic “wanted” poster – for his arrest.

He had been tried in absentia and received a 12-year prison sentence.

He is implicated in a large fraud and embezzlement case centered on Sarmayeh Bank and the Teachers Investment Fund. The case involves hundreds of millions of dollars.

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(Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

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