Here is a letter written to the Prime Minister of Turkey concerning the huge gold shipment along with US Dollars into Turkey from Iran. There are questions swirling around this. Is it true?  If 20 tons of gold entered Turkey, Whose is it?……

His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister of Turkey
Ankara, Turkey

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

Since three days ago a TV report from Turkey circulating on the Internet, which is attached herewith, divulged a few months old story of confiscation by Turkey – at the Iran/Turkey border Customs Office – trucks entering Turkey from Iran for unknown destination, containing 18.5 billion US dollars, in hundred dollar bills and 20 tons of gold. The report stated that the bill of lading showed that the money and the gold belonged to an Iranian by the name of Esmael Safarian-Nassab.

Later, reports quoted a Turkish Lawyer by the name of Senol Ozel on the Turkish independent “Kanal D” TV Channel stating that his client Esmael Safarian-Nasab is a “respected Iranian businessman and has transferred the money to Turkey through legal means”.

The Turkish TV report contained a statement by Ozel stating:”The container-load of US dollars and gold bullion was delivered to Ankara Customs Office on October 7, 2008.”

That TV report now circulating on the Internet, of which I attach a copy for your second time viewing, shows the unbelievable stock of hundred dollar bills being counted by Turkish officials and placed on the storage holding racks. It also shows you Mr. Prime Minister addressing a Turkish Official gathering and stating that “this is an indicator of the Turkish Government’s success in attracting foreign capital”.

Now, since the story has fully and internationally surfaced, all kinds of disinformation, coming from Tehran, have begun to circulate. One states that your Government has fully denied the verifiability of the whole story!  Another states that Mr. Safarian-Nasab has asked for all the money and gold to be returned to Iran and yet another refers to the whole thing as nothing but a fabrication !

Excellency, I am sure during all this time you have wondered and asked yourself, how and where could an individual have stored all this money and gold throughout these years? I am sure you have wondered also as to whether this huge wealth in fact belonged to the Iranian people. Time will tell. But until that time on behalf of tens of millions of my compatriots, I respectfully urge you Mr. Prime Minister not to let that money and gold get out of Turkey. It is apparent that it belongs to the people of Iran and one day Turkey must return it to them. I heard today the denial statement by a Minister in your Government. With such documented media coverage, obviously neither you nor anyone else of sound mind would believe such denials.

Please accept Mr. Prime Minister the assurances of my highest considerations.


Professor Manouchehr Ganji