JAVAD MARANDI – Who is the Conservative Party donor with alleged links to the vast money laundering operation known as the Azerbaijani Laundromat?

16 May, 2023 | 0 minute read

Javad Marandi, an international businessman and major donor to the Conservative Party, can now
be named as someone found to be “a person of importance” in a court case about the money
laundering operation dubbed the “Azerbaijani Laundromat”. No findings of wrongdoing have been
made against Mr Marandi. However, the proceedings and underlying facts – including Mr Marandi’s
alleged involvement with key persons and companies at the heart of the Laundromat – raise a
number of unanswered questions with significant public interest that require further investigation.

The lifting of an anonymity order protecting Mr Marandi’s identity allows better public scrutiny of
these questions:

  1. Whether the National Crime Agency has investigated Mr Marandi as “a person of
    importance” in transactions associated with the Laundromat, and whether any decision to
    do so or not has been influenced by these proceedings or by his public profile?
  2. What are the implications of this case for the kinds of checks that political parties should do
    on donations from, and for limiting access to politicians by, those who are considered
    “persons of importance” in law enforcement investigations?
  3. Whether the possibility that the Azerbaijani Laundromat may have been used for a foreign
    influence operation within the UK has been adequately investigated by the appropriate

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