Assad regime security forces have arrested a war profiteer in a regime-controlled area whose record includes manipulation and embezzlement amounting to two billion Syrian pounds.
The pro-regime Ayyam newspaper quoted sources as saying that one of the security agencies arrested the accused — who was simply identified as “M.A.” — who was one of the people who had profited greatly during the last seven years with support from ministerial officials in the Assad government.
The information obtained by Alsouria Net confirmed that businessman, Mohamed Amin, from the village of Hatla in the Deir ez-Zor countryside and who has strong ties to the regime’s Interior Minister Mohamed al-Shaer, is considered one of those close to Iran and its arms in Syria.
The newspaper noted that Amin was previously being held pending investigation along with two employees in the Syrian Commercial Bank due to the manipulation and embezzlement of bank funds, with the amount uncovered being more than two billion pounds. However, after several days he was released by the judiciary.
The newspaper said that “after he left prison, he was arrested by a security agency to be investigated for various cases, including the circumstances of his departure from prison despite the clear accusations, whereby the arrested had confessed to several cases of bribery affecting some ministers, while also confessing to embezzlement that contributed to forming his wealth.”
The arrested currently owns a number of companies, including the Hirasa Security Company and oil and food and import and export companies. He is from Deir ez-Zor province and had an electronics shop before the war, but he quickly turned into one of the whales of the war, with his wealth expanding to make him one of the main businessmen who frequent the ministry offices.
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