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Iran: Council of Ministers Members to Be Fined If Late to Meetings

(June 21, 2010) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has issued an order that the members of his Council of Ministers must be fined 1,000 tomans (about US$1) for every minute they are late in attending the meetings of the Council of Ministers. This policy was announced by Hujjatal Islam Seyed Mir Tajoddini, Parliamentary Assistant to the President. As an example, he said that if one of the members of the Council of Ministers arrived at the meeting 30 minutes late, the member would be fined at once and have to pay 30,000 tomans.

On how the proceeds from the fines would be spent, Tajoddini said that the money would be used to pay for entertainment at the meetings of the Council of Ministers. (Late Fee Fine on Members of Council of Ministers, IRAN TIMES INTERNATIONAL, May 21, 2010, at 9.)