Iran’s Medicine Shortage Caused by Spending $2 Bil on Luxury Cars

Two Porsches in every garage. It's the Islamic Revolution Dream.

Two Porsches in every garage. It’s the Islamic Revolution Dream.

How do you spend 2 billion dollars on luxury cars? Apparently Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary really likes its Porsches.

The Iranian parliament’s recent investigation into a scheme to import luxury cars instead of medicine threatens to erode the credibility of a leading pro-Iran lobbying group that has long claimed that economic sanctions are preventing access to medicine in Iran.

An investigation by Iranian lawmakers recently revealed that nearly $2 billion that had been allocated to the importation of medicine into Iran was actually spent on the purchase of luxury cars.

While it had long been suspected that the Iranian government was squandering funds for medicine, pro-Tehran advocacy groups like the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) used the medicine shortage as a hook to claim that sanctions were causing the shortage.

As average Iranians struggle to obtain key medications, Iran’s ruling class has enjoyed relatively unfettered access to top-notch healthcare, a fact that has not been raised in NIAC’s talking points.

When rumors of the medicine scam first emerged in 2012, then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sacked the country’s health minister in order to keep her silent.

Azarmehr, an Iranian blogger provides more details.

Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, Ahmadinejad’s health minister at the time, was not saying what the Western media were regurgitating, she kept publicly complaining that the $2 Billion in the annual budget, allocated to import medicine with,  was not received by the health ministry.

It was a bizarre situation in which, Iran’s health minister kept repeating the medicine shortage was nothing to do with sanction and yet the Western media kept repeating, sanctions were causing the medicine shortage in Iran!

Islamic Republic’s first female health minister, Marzieh Dastjerdi,  finally paid the price for her outspoken remarks and was unceremoniously sacked by Ahmadinejad. Now 18 months after, the Islamic Republic’s Article 90 Majlis Commission, has endorsed her claims. The allocated $2 Billion with subsidised currency rate which should have gone to the Health Ministry to import medicine with, was  instead being used to import luxury cars.

As does The Australian.

A subsidised exchange rate, imposed by the government to protect imports of food and medicine from the collapse of its currency, has been exploited by companies linked to the Revolutionary Guard to bankroll the purchase of sports cars and other luxury items.

When Porsche issued a limited edition of its classic 911 sports car this year, two companies linked to Etebarat Mehr Financial Services, part of the Revolutionary Guard’s investment arm, began taking down payments for the new model. Porsche had estimated 40 sales to the Islamic Republic. But after a surge in requests from wealthy Iranians, the companies requested 1400 vehicles.

1,400 Porsches? They’re really suffering.

 

  • wileyvet

    Just like the sanctions on Iraq were killing Iraqis, whilst Sadaam and his evil progeny were building palaces and living it up off the oil for food money and socking away US dollars in shipping containers. How gullible to believe the word of rogue states, especially Islamic ones, when they cry hardship. Deception is a permissible tactic with Muslims to further their cause, and our best and brightest swallow it whole. Iran was down for the count, and Obama let them up. There seems though to be something Un-Islamic about flashy sports cars. Beats a camel, I know, but really, what would Muhammad think about such profligacy? That’s right, he was a charlatan, nothing holy about him or his religion so he would have had first pick, in fact he would get the first 20% of the cars for himself. Then he would cruise around with the top down, wind in his turbin, looking for enemies to smite, and booty and women to plunder. Getting his kicks on route 666.

    • Kaveh_Aahangar

      @wileyvet ; do you live on the occupied lands? I am sure you do!

    • The March Hare

      “Getting his kicks on route 666.”
      wileyvet, that was inspired.

    • Mehmet Demirayak

      My religion prohibits me to respond in kind: En’am 108, “Do not swear at other people’s beliefs.”
      Why? Because my religion – Islam – is a civilized religion. Just like the basic Christianity or Judaism is.
      If a Father molests a boy, it’s not christianity doing, ordering or even allowing the molestation. It’s the Father’s own sin. It’s not the religion doing it. Same here. It’s not Islam doing it. It’s a greedy idiot who somehow took the reigns.

  • Edward E

    ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Neighborhoods✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White People✓

    Immigration = Colonization – “Diversity” = Fewer White Children

    “Multiculturalism” = WHITE GENOCIDE

    Anti-racist is a >codeword< for anti-White

    • Kaveh_Aahangar

      @Edward E; do you consider the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeland and Isreal as white countries?
      There were no whites in these countries a few hundered years ago! You better get out and go back!

  • Joaquin Veyron

    Spending 2 bn USD on Porsches? I think there are worse crimes against humanity. :-)

  • Raymond_in_DC

    Ah, this brings back memories…

    Back in the mid-’70s I traveled to Iran via Turkey. That route included a long overland trek on the “Magic Bus” – the lines running from Europe all the way to south Asia. That meant a stop at the border crossing into Iran, which took many hours. (We could see the reputed Mount Ararat in the distance.) While awaiting processing, I witnessed a group of high-end automobiles also waiting to cross.

    Iran at the time was flush with oil money, after the rapid rise in prices, and was buying stuff left and right. So much the ports couldn’t handle the cargo. And high in demand were automobiles. So cars were purchased by agents in Europe – BMWs, Alfas, Fords, and Mercedes were popular – and driven in convoys using volunteer drivers, usually young westerners. So those “new” cars already had a few thousand miles on them on delivery, but some decided they didn’t want to wait to take delivery.

    The more things change …

  • Kaveh_Aahangar

    Aha! Who are you kidding Mr Moses?

  • http://www.twitter.com/changeirannow Change Iran Now

    Just
    another example of how the Iranian regime caters to the elites, while sacrificing the needs of the ordinary Iranian citizen. While crippling economic sanctions were finally bringing the ruling mullahs to the global bargaining table, food aid, medical supplies and other relief were being shifted to fund the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, its nuclear program and supporting terror regimes such as Syrian President Assad’s civil war.