After a marathon probe into the deal with the UAE-based energy firm, the Iranian judiciary in February finally ordered the Rouhani administration to dismiss Javadi over corruption charges related to the natural gas contract. In this vein, hard-line media published a list of individuals allegedly involved in the case — including Javadi. Moreover, on June 12 hard-line Raja News referred to Javadi as a state manager deeply involved in the Crescent scandal and hailed his ousting.
Oddly, the new NIOC director has also been accused of involvement in the Crescent affair. Kardor is among the 15 individuals listed by the judiciary as accused of being involved in the scandal. Meanwhile, Zangeneh has interestingly appointed Javadi to another senior position: deputy minister in charge of supervising hydrocarbon resources. This appointment signals that the differences of opinion between Zangeneh and Javadi are not as serious as the media suggested.
As such, it is clear that Zangeneh replaced Javadi under pressure. This development has indeed been the second-biggest blow to the pro-reform camp as a result of the Crescent affair. The first blow came when Mehdi Hashemi — son of former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani — who allegedly played a central role in the Crescent deal was handed a 10-year sentence on charges linked to embezzlement, bribery and what conservative-controlled state TV called “anti-security issues,” referring to the 2009 post-election unrest.