Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statements by Members (Bezan)

Mr. James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, Iran continues to support terrorism, defiantly pursues nuclear weapons, calls for the end of the state of Israel and systematically tramples the rights of innocent Iranians.
The former head of Iran’s state owned bank, Mahmoud Reza Khavari, is reported to be living in Toronto. According to media, he was able to obtain Canadian citizenship in 2005. A second man connected to Iran’s state owned bank has also reportedly taken refuge in Canada. Mehregan Amirkhosravi is in Montreal.
Their presence in Canada is a cause for concern because Canada, our allies and the United Nations have all stated that Bank Melli is tied to funding Iran’s nuclear program, as well as terrorist groups throughout the Middle East. Bank Melli has funneled money to Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
These men must not be allowed to brazenly defy and abuse our generous immigration system and action must be taken.
I implore the government to pursue all legal grounds to revoke Khavari’s reported citizenship and investigate their involvement in crimes against humanity, funding nuclear weapons, supporting terrorism and committing fraud.