Iran's assets in Canada
Iranian Cultural Centre, 2 Robinson Ave., Ottawa
Parking spot, 36A-570 Laurier Ave., W, Ottawa
RBC account 8649493, Higher Education Advisory
Scotia Bank account 40006-04451-18, Higher Education Advisory, $1.9-million
RBC account 00006-1029586, $203,000
RBC account 8649589, €333,000
RBC account 108-99-45
RBC account 108-99-52
RBC account 864-95-89
RBC account 864-95-74
Scotia Bank account 04654-10
Scotia Bank account GIC 17465324
Scotia Bank Visa account
CIBC Trust account 48 06816
CIBC Trust account 48 06719
BMO account 1051 017
Supreme Court of B.C., File S071189$325,000 (This is a judgment awarded to the Iranian shipping lines. The money is frozen under UN sanctions)
Embassy of Iran, 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa
Official residence, 524 Acadia Ave., Ottawa
Staff quarters, 1202-570 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa
RBC account 00006-1089978
Scotia Bank account 400060030112
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has attacked the decision of a Canadian judge who ordered the seizure of more than $7 million worth of bank accounts and property belonging to the Islamic regime. The historic ruling under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (JVTA) will turn over the assets to victims of Hizbullah, Hamas and other militant groups that Iran has bankrolled.
Iran's Fars News Agency and Press TV both reported that the Iranian government rejected the move stating that "given the approach of the Canadian government, it is crystal clear that the verdict is politically-motivated and such rulings have no legal value...." The official denounced Canada's "double standard on terrorism" and claimed that Iran is a victim of terrorism, and that Ottawa could face "legal repercussions" for the "politically motivated ruling". Iran's Tasnim news agency reported the ruling was based on "the fabricated allegation" that Iran supported terrorist groups.
The Ontario court ordered sheriffs to seize a Scotiabank account worth $1.7-million controlled by Iranian diplomat Hamid Moharrami, and an RBC account with a balance of 333,000 euros controlled by Reza Shaker, the Iranian embassy's chargé d'affaires. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Iran has 14 Canadian bank accounts holding at least $2.6-million. Also to be sold, with the proceeds handed to the victims, is a building at 290 Sheppard Ave. W. in Toronto that is owned by Farhangeiran Inc., and another at 2 Robinson Ave, in Ottawa owned by The Mobin Foundation. Property records show the Toronto building was purchased in 2005 for $827,000. The Ottawa property was acquired in 2003 for $1 from Fatima Cultural Activities Inc., records show.
The "evidence overwhelmingly permits me to conclude that both properties are beneficially owned by Iran and constitute non-diplomatic assets of Iran in Canada," the judge wrote. He said there was evidence the Ottawa property was linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.