Iran executes "Sultan of Coins" for spreading corruption on earth


TEHRAN – Iran has executed a currency trader for manipulating coin and currency markets, local media reported on Wednesday.

Vahid Mazloumin, known as ‘Sultan of Coins’, and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for “spreading corruption on earth”, the Tehran Times reported.

They were put to death after the Supreme Court upheld their death sentences and the legal processes were completed, Tasnim reported.

Mazloumin, 58, known as the “sultan of coins” was arrested in July for hoarding two tons of gold coins over a ten-month period and several of their accomplices have been jailed.

Mazloumin was one of at least seven people handed death sentences this year in trials in the new finance-focused special courts, some of which were broadcast live on state television.