The luxury cars were reportedly granted for a trade-off between the now-dismissed minister of industry, mines, and trade, Reza Fatemi Amin and the members of parliament so the lawmakers would withdraw their votes for his impeachment. Fatemi Amin had rejected the accusation.
Ahmad Alireza Beigi said Wednesday a front company affiliated with Bahman Motor Company approached the lawmakers and gave the SUVs “for ulterior motives which have to be investigated.”
Beigi has been the target of bitter criticisms since he made the purported revelation earlier this year.
He said he had documents that proved his allegation and said some of the lawmakers’ relatives, too, had received cars.
A special inspector appointed by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi investigated the allegations and confirmed the SUVs had been given to the lawmakers, adding it had taken place before the Raisi administration took office.