Iranian authorities have arrested five employees of Swedish direct-sales cosmetics firm Oriflame.
The Iranian regime has shut its Tehran office amid reported Iranian allegations of a massive pyramid scheme.
“The authorities have now closed Oriflame’s operation in Tehran [and] have also detained three members of staff and two sales consultants without disclosed reasons,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
The Oriflame Tehran branch was on Sunday “abruptly shut down with authorities coming into the office,” the company’s chief financial officer Gabriel Bennet told AFP.
“We are working with the embassy to find out why this is, and to try to secure [our employees’] release,” he said, adding that a Swede and another foreigner were among those arrested. Bennet said the company so far had received no explanation from authorities about the closure and arrests, but believed they may be linked to its business model.
“Our business model is to sell cosmetics and give 40,000 Iranians, mainly women, a possibility to earn money through direct sales,” he said, adding that the arrests could be seen as a sign that business conditions in Iran were worsening.
Iranian media meanwhile reported Monday that the closure and arrests were linked to suspected fraud in connection to a massive pyramid scheme.
According to hardline Iranian daily Kayhan, the Oriflame headquarters in Tehran had on Sunday morning been “searched and sealed” and “four top managers were arrested on accusations of 250,000 cases of fraud” linked to a USD 70 million (55 million euros) pyramid scheme.
The conservative Tehran Emrouz newspaper also said tax officials had seized Oriflame documents and had halted all its operations over suspected fraudulent operations.
Source: Jordan Times and AFP.
Muslim ladies in Iran can be killed by their male family members, if they show any kind of make up in public. But in their private homes they are allowed to make them selves beautiful for their husbands and brothers.
How can Swedish nationals enter into the foolishness of selling make up to Iranian women in Iran?
What do you expect from an Islamic totalitarian regime, that look up on “Christians” from Sweden as infidels, that should be beheaded or hung if they even talk to a Muslim woman in public?
Silly Swedes had to learn a lesson the hard way. Let hope that the Sharia court of the Ayatollah do not hang them in public.