A court in Iran has sentenced a well-known tycoon to death for corruption after a nearly five-month trial.
Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei, told reporters on Sunday that Babak Zanjani and two of his associates were sentenced to death.
Zanjani was arrested in 2013 during a crackdown on alleged corruption during the rule of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran’s Oil Ministry says Zanjani owes more than $2.25 billion for oil sales he made on behalf of Ahmadinejad’s government.
Zanjani is one of Iran’s wealthiest businessmen, with a fortune worth an estimated $14 billion
He was arrested shortly after the election of President Hassan Rouhani.
In 2014, Iran executed billionaire businessman, Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, over corruption charges.