Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Iran / Statement by Member

Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the presence in Canada of Mr. Mahmoud Reza Khavari, who has exercised a leadership role in Iranian banks that have been sanctioned by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations for their financing of Iran’s nuclear weaponization program and terrorist activities, is most disturbing.
In particular, Mr. Khavari would have had knowledge of, if not influence over, transactions of such state sanctioned banks, including those with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which emerged as the epicentre of the Iranian nuclear, terrorist and domestic repressive regime.

Canadians are troubled, and rightly so, by the ties between Mr. Khavari and these dangerous elements of the Iranian regime. The government must take action to determine the exact ties between Mr. Khavari and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as well as the specific nature of his business with the Iranian regime and take the appropriate measures once the results of the investigation are known.