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07/16/17

Brother Of Iran's President Rohani Arrested On Financial Crimes Charges

Source: REF/RL

Iranian President Hassan Rohani's younger brother, Hossein Fereidoun, has been arrested on financial crimes charges,the Iranian judiciary said on July 16.


Hardline Iranian daily Vatan Emrooz accusing Hossein Fereidoun of corruption
(Source: Vatan Emrooz frontpage, January 23, 2017)

"Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail," spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said in a televised press conference.

"Yesterday, bail was issued for him but because he failed to secure it he was referred to prison," Ejei added. He said Fereidoun would be released "once he provides the bail."

Fereidoun is also a top aide to President Rohani, a relative moderate who changed his surname from Fereidoun years ago.


Hossein Fereidoun Rohani with President Hassan Rohani
(source: Aftab Yazd daily frontpage, January 5, 2017)

Fereidoun has long been accused by Iran's hard-liners of financial crimes and corruption. He has reportedly been linked to officials at the center of a scandal involving inflated salaries for managers of a state insurance company.

Fereidoun, who is also the president's aide, has long been accused by the conservatives of financial crimes and corruption.

In January, a group of Iranian parliamentarians called for Fereidoun to be put on trial for economic crimes, a move critics described as politically motivated.


With reporting by AFP, and tasnimnews.com

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