This week, a parliamentary commission in Iran has decided to investigate Ahmadinejad’s office in connection with the alleged embezzlement of the equivalent of over $2.5 billion. Economists note that the main suspect in the case, Amir Mansoor Khosravi, has close ties to Ahmadinejad’s chief advisor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. Apparently, Masaei helped Khosravi obtain a private banking license in Iran, something that is often difficult to get. Evidence indicates that Mashaei and Khosravi have had a close personal relationship for a number of years. Mashaei also has close family ties to Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has consistently supported Mashaei despite Islamic policitians who have asked that he be ousted for his positive comments towards the U.S. and Israel.