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Iranian Ex-President's Son Detained On Return

Source: RFE/RL;

The son of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been detained after his return from a stay abroad, Iran's official news agencies report. Mehdi Hashemi returned to Iran on September 23 after a three-year stay in the United Kingdom.

Mehdi Hashemi along with his brother Yasser and his sister Fatemeh at the airport

He has been taken for interrogation to Tehran's Evin Prison, the Iranian reports say, and has been charged with corruption and antistate propaganda.

Read ISNA's report about Mehdi Hashemi's arrest and his family's reaction

His sister, Faezeh Hashemi, was detained late on September 22 and ordered to serve a six-month jail sentence handed down to her in January following a conviction on antistate-propaganda charges.

Yasser and Fatemeh Hashemi at the airport

Mehdi Hashemi's brother Mosehn (Former head of Tehran Metro) at the ariport

Both Mehdi and Faezeh are accused of fomenting the protests that swept Iran following the 2009 reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Fatemeh Hashemi talking to reporters

Ex-President Rafsanjani, who was defeated by Ahmadinejad in the 2005 presidential election, is considered an isolated moderate within Iran's ruling elite.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa; photos by ISNA, Fars News Agency and Mehr News Agency

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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