Iran’s dance studio owner says he has been fired
Iran’s national dance studio operator says he was fired after being accused of fraud, theft and fraudulently buying a building, a police official said Thursday.
Ahmad Khorraman, whose company owns the Musavi House dance studio in Tehran, said he was terminated Thursday by police after an investigation into the charges he was accused of, according to police spokesman Nader Khomeini.
The Musavi Studio, owned by the company of Iranian dance pioneer Ali Fazeli, was a popular destination for Iranian dance and music fans who attended concerts and other events in Iran.
A video posted online on Tuesday showed a man claiming to be a manager of the building, which was built in the 1990s, taking out a loan to buy the building.
A security guard appears and asks the man if he owns the building and if he has an office.
The security guard replies, “I have no office.
I’m only renting it.”
After a short discussion, the security guard asks if the man is the owner of the Muski House, to which the man responds, “Yes.”
The security guard tells the man to leave the building or he will be arrested.
The video shows the security guards leaving.
Khorraman was hired by Musavi in 2003 to run the dance studio and a few months later was charged with stealing money from the Musi House and then paying off the loan.
Korramnan was later sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of $3,000, according a statement on the Musaji House website.
A court earlier this month sentenced another Musavi employee, Fazel, to 10 years in jail for fraud.
He was also fined $2,000.
In a statement, Khomeinis office said that after an internal investigation, Musavi did not follow its own policies and ethics.
The Musavi Foundation said in a statement that it was unaware of the dismissal and that the firm has suspended its business operations.
“The investigation was carried out on the basis of evidence collected by the Musavis office and that is how Musavi terminated the company’s operations,” the statement said.
“We are working on the resolution of the situation with the police and Musavi will provide all the necessary support to its employees,” the Musavia House said in the statement.
Khromeini did not immediately respond to a request for comment.