Iran: The Price of Plain Talk

Iran's peppery Abol Hassan Ebtehaj, 62, is a talented economic planner who has strong opinions and speaks them frankly. As head of his government's Plan Organization from 1954 to 1959, he put into operation most of the big economic development projects for land irrigation, road improvement and bridge building under Iran's Seven-Year Plan. He also is a highly successful Teheran banker with a reputation for hard work and unswerving honesty. Last November he was arrested by Iranian police and carted off to jail on vague charges of extravagance and misuse of public...

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