Is this the first billionaire convicted?

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    Mar 07, 2016 11:12 AM GMT
    A court in Iran has sentenced to death Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani and two accomplices for embezzlement, the judiciary has said, in a case closely watched due to the billionaire’s prominent role in helping the government evade oil sanctions.

    The Islamic court convicted the defendants of “spreading corruption on earth”, a capital offence, and ordered them to repay funds embezzled from, among others, state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on live television.

    The defendants can appeal against the ruling.

    “The court of first instance ... sentenced the three defendants to death,” Ejei said in a weekly news conference. The three were also ordered to pay a fine equivalent to a quarter of the sums they had laundered, he said.

    By his own account, Zanjani for years arranged billions of dollars of oil deals through a network of companies stretching from Turkey to Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. He amassed a fortune of $10bn (£7bn) along with debts of a similar scale, the tycoon once told an Iranian magazine.

    At the time of his arrest in December 2013, a judicial spokesman said “he received funds from certain bodies ... and received oil and other shipments and now has not returned the funds”. Prosecutors accused Zanjani of owing the government more than $2.7bn for oil sold on behalf of the oil ministry.

    Iran emerged from years of economic isolation in January when world powers led by the US and the European Union lifted crippling sanctions against Tehran in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/06/iranian-billionaire-babak-zanjanis-entenced-to-death-embezzlement
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    Mar 07, 2016 4:23 PM GMT
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    The first? Perhaps recently but otherwise only after a fashion

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    Mar 07, 2016 4:59 PM GMT
    Didn't Russia take down some of the oligarchs when Putin thought they might become political rivals?
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    Mar 07, 2016 5:19 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidDidn't Russia take down some of the oligarchs when Putin thought they might become political rivals?

    Yup.