Iranian-Canadian Mahmoud Reza Khavari was chairman of the board and managing director of Iran’s largest bank, the state-owned Bank Melli, until he resigned and fled the country for Toronto, Canada in 2011.
Prosecutors are seeking to question him and officials at several Iranian banks suspected of facilitating fraudulent rial and foreign currency banking payments totaling over $3 Billion USD.
BMI is owned and operated by the government of Iran and should follow the banking principles and practices described in the Islamic Banking law of Iran, only engaging in interest-free Islamic transactions.
Canada has no extradition treaty with Iran and they can not legally extradite individuals to countries that are likely to torture prisoners or impose death-penalty sentences.
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Mark Fabiani, attorney for 7 time 1999 to 2005 Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong, is pleased that no charges were filed against Armstrong or his professional bicycle racing team.
Lance Armstrong has denied using banned performance enhancing drugs and has passed 500 tests over 20 years of competition.
The 40 year old cancer survivor retired from professional cycling in February 2011 to focus on his cancer charity, Livestrong.
“ I am gratified to learn that the US Attorneys Office is closing its investigation. It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it.
I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction.” – Lance Armstrong
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