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Iran to prosecute 400 officials over high salaries

TEHRAN: Iran's auditors said Sunday that around 400 public sector officials face prosecution over their exorbitant salaries -- a scandal used by hardliners to tarnish the government ahead of next year's election. A report by the Audit Court found that executives at state-owned banks had earned as much as 622 million rials ($20,000) per month -- compared to average public sector salaries of $400. Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker, said the salaries were "a stain" on Iran's public sector, and that legal cases had been…