Oriflame aimed to harm Iran regime?

Swedish cosmetics company says it is not part of political activity in Iran.

Updated: Aug 29, 2010, 11:30 AM IST

Stockholm: Swedish cosmetics company Oriflame, which an Iranian minister accused on Saturday of trying to harm the Islamic regime`s security, said it is not involved in any political activities.

"We are a cosmetics company, we are selling direct. We are of course not involved in any political activities in the country. It is very very difficult to comment on" the accusations, Oriflame`s chief financial officer Gabriel
Bennet said.

The company has not yet received information as to why its office in Tehran was shut down and five of its employees were detained on August 22.

"It`s very difficult to comment on this because we don`t know why our colleagues have been detained, we don`t know why the company has been shut down," he said.

"We are seeking a dialogue with the authorities but we need to know more about why we are in this situation before we can make any comments."

"We are doing our utmost to solve the situation in Iran and especially for our colleagues being detained," he added.

Iran`s Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi yesterday said Oriflame was trying to harm Iran`s security, the state television website reported.

"Oriflame intended to fight the (Iranian) system. There are no economic reasons behind the company," Moslehi was quoted by the website as telling reporters at the Imam Khomeini mausoleum in Tehran.

PTI