In Iran, couple gets death sentence for money laundering
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A special anti-corruption court in Iran has sentenced a couple to death on money laundering and other charges, the judiciary said Tuesday.

The couple - Najva Lasheidaei and her husband Vahid Behzadi - are said to have smuggled hard currency and laundered $200 million, said judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Authorities also confiscated nearly 300 kilograms of gold from the couple and said they had bought 6,700 cars from Saipa, one of top two automakers of the country.

In connection to the Saipa part of the charges, the court separately sentenced lawmakers Fereidoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi to five years in prison each, as well as Mehdi Jamali, a former CEO of Saipa, to seven years in prison.

Both lawmakers represent the city of Zanjan, about 300 kilometers (187 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.

Under Iranian law, the couple can appeal the verdicts within 20 days. Their lawyers were not reachable for comment.

Iran is struggling to battle corruption, including among its lawmakers. Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed the trade and industry minister amid ongoing economic problems that have seen car prices skyrocket by more than 60%.

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