Former Central Bank boss denies meeting Zarrab

Bahmani continued, “Zarrab’s only claim is that we arranged a meeting with him to bypass the sanctions. I didn’t bypass the sanctions; I managed them, and I’m proud that I managed the sanctions.”

Bahmani said Ahmadinejad’s government had developed a plan to have major amounts of gold on hand to help keep the country running in the event of a war between Tehran and the West. “We anticipated [a war]; this explains why we stored a few hundred tons of gold in the treasury. However, I don’t want to say how we imported that gold. I label this action ‘managing the crisis and sanctions.’ It is possible that someone calls that ‘bypassing the sanctions,’ but I don’t care about this rhetoric.”

Asked about his ties with Zarrab, Bahmani responded, “Zarrab has explained that he had been in coordination with Turkish President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan] or, for instance, Iran to bypass the Iran sanctions, and even has claimed that he had a meeting with me. But I’m saying that I had no meeting with Reza Zarrab.”

Bahmani also said that during the global recession of 2007-2012, the United States and Europe invited him to present them with possible solutions to the crisis. He said such solutions were offered “in 2008 and these countries came out of recession through our plan.”

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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