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News | Inquiry Widens on Suspected Iranian Plot on Israel

18 Feb 2012 18:13Comments
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The criminal inquiry into a suspected Iranian plot targeting Israelis overseas with magnetized bombs expanded on Thursday, with the police in Thailand seeking a fifth suspect and investigators in India scrutinizing records of telephone calls made to the Middle East around the time of an attack in New Delhi that wounded an Israeli diplomat's wife and her driver. (NYT)

The three Iranian men detained for allegedly plotting bomb attacks in Bangkok on Israeli diplomats had more than terror on their minds in Thailand. Police said Friday that they had also cavorted with prostitutes at a beach resort. (CBS) See also here and here.

The Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known by its acronym Swift, said it was "ready to implement sanctions against Iranian financial institutions." (NYT)

13901129142858896_PhotoL.jpgTrial got under way in Tehran for 32 people suspected of involvement in a multi-billion dollar banking fraud with alleged links to the government of President Ahmadinejad.

The record embezzlement case revolves around forged documents allegedly used by the directors of the Amir Mansour Arya Investment Company to secure loans totalling 2.6 billion dollars to buy state-owned companies under the government's privatization scheme.

Seven banks have been implicated in the scandal which began in 2007 but only came to light last September. (Reuters) For background see here and photos.

About 400 members of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK), or the People's Mujahedeen Organization reluctantly moved Saturday from their camp in northwestern Iraq to a deserted military base outside the capital. (Boston Globe)

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