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