Iranian security forces arrested a former TV presenter on Wednesday for accusing the regime of “disseminating false news about the novel coronavirus outbreak” reported Iranian media as quoted by Prague-based Radio Farda.

Mahmoud Shahriari had recently accused the regime of purposefully covering up the coronavirus outbreak before the 41st anniversary of the Iranian revolution on Feb. 11, in order to not discourage people from celebrating, according to the station.

Shahriari also called the country’s clerics “lazy.”

“We have been in quarantine for a month, only eating and sleeping… Poor clergy! What a hardship they have endured in the past 40 years,” Shahriari said.

Shahriari, 60, has long been a critic of the Iranian regime, the report said.

He had accused the regime of embezzling billions of dollars under religious pretexts, and condemned it for giving the Iraqi Shiite militia access to its oil fields under the pretext of assisting “flood-stricken people.”

In January, Shahriari warned that a “hellish” economic future is on the horizon.

“The [new Iranian] year [beginning on March 21, 2020], will be a hellish year for the public from the economic perspective. The government is under sanctions and unable to sell oil. Since it could not sell oil… the government has chosen… to grab money from the pockets of the people – and the increase in fuel prices is an obvious example of this,” he said, according to Radio Farda.

“The public will be subjected to increased pressure, taxes will increase, and your livelihood will be in danger. The money you have in the banks is not safe in any way, shape, or form. My dear friends, the banks are bankrupt, “ he added.

A favourite media personality for decades, Shahriari was recently banned by the regime from appearing on any TV and radio shows, the report said.

Source: World Israel News

FREE COPY: Understanding the threat from Iran

Covering the threat from Iran to Israel and the West, plus the plight of the Iranian people: Read our Operation Mordecai campaign booklet online or receive a FREE copy by post.

Related Articles:

Man arrested for slapping Jewish teen for TikTok video

A man from Jerusalem was arrested on suspicion of slapping a Jewish youth on the light rail train and uploading footage of the incident to TikTok. The 21-year-old Arab man...

Israel celebrates Independence Day in style!

Israel Air Force fighter jets took to the skies of Israel on Thursday in celebration of its 73rd Independence Day amid a lifting of most COVID restrictions.The annual flyover was limited...

Armani removes ‘offensive’ jacket resembling Holocaust camp uniform

Luxury clothing brand Armani has removed an offensive jacket from their collection following a request from StandWithUs, who praised the organisation for being so responsive...

Israeli bus set on fire and pelted with rocks after mistakenly entering Arab area of Jerusalem

A bus that took a wrong turn into an Arab neighbourhood of Jerusalem was pelted with rocks and set on fire with Molotov cocktails, causing the bus driver and his family to flee.There...

NASA names two asteroids after Israeli student who discovered them

NASA has named two asteroids after the Israeli student who found them during an international competition carried out by the space agency.Aseel Nama, who grew up in the Arab town of Deir...