TEHRAN, First of August (IPS) Mr. Cyrus Nasseri is not arrested and continue his duties as one of the members of Iranian nuclear negotiations team from Geneva, according to both “Mehr” and “Fars” news agencies.
Last week, the Judiciary-controlled Fars had revealed that the outspoken Nasseri had been detained in connection with a 70 millions dollars graft and corruption involving the Oriental Kish oil firm, of which Mr. Nasseri is a deputy chairman.
To exploit the phases 9 and 10 of the huge South Pars gas fields in the Persian Gulf, Oriental Kish had formed a consortium with the Halliburton oil, a firm controlled by US Vice president Dick Cheney.
Mr. Nasseri is not among the people arrested in connection with Oriental Kish”,
Quoting judiciary sources, the Agency had expressed concern that close cooperation and collaboration between Mr. Nasseri, who as a senior nuclear negotiator is in possession of important strategic information in the one hand with Mr. Dick Cheney could be dangerous for Iranian strategic interests.
The news was immediately confirmed by Baztab, an internet news site belonging to Mr. Mohsen Reza’i, the Secretary of the Expediency Council, hoping that the move could cut the hands of the “oil mafia”.
Mr. Nasseri is not among the people arrested in connection with Oriental Kish”, confirmed Mehr, soposored by the Supreme Council on National Security. However while the information was so far neither denied nor confirmed by officials in Tehran, Fars reported on Sunday that though some officials at the Oriental Kish are under detention, but Mr. Naseri is not among them and continues his duties from Geneva among the negotiating group. ENDS NASSERI ARRESTED 1805