Iran's judiciary detains Rouhani's brother in corruption case

Hossein Fereidoun
Hossein Fereidoun

The brother of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, has been arrested amid escalating tensions between the government and the country’s hardline judiciary ahead of his swearing-in ceremony next month, The Guardian reported on Monday.

Hossein Fereidoun, a top presidential aide who played a senior role in more than two years of high-level negotiations between Iran and the west over Tehran’s nuclear program, was taken to prison after failing to secure bail on Saturday.

The exact reasons behind Fereidoun’s arrest are unclear but it was reported that it was on charges connected to financial crimes.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, confirmed the news on Sunday during a weekly press briefing in Tehran.

 “A bail order was issued for him yesterday and because he did not secure the bail, he was taken to jail. If he does so, he will be released on bail,” he said.

Last Modified: 07 17 2017 01:10 PM

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