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Rouhani's brother handed jail term in graft case-Iranian judiciary

May 4, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) and Hossein Fereydoun, President Rouhani’s younger brother and advisor, look on during a press conference of President Hassan Rouhani (unseen) in Tehran on April 3, 2015 [ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images]

An Iranian court has sentenced President Hassan Rouhani’s brother to an unspecified jail term, state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday, in a corruption case the president’s supporters allege is politically motivated, reports Reuters.

“This person (Hossein Fereydoun) was found not guilty on some charges, while he was sentenced to prison on other accusations,” IRNA quoted judiciary official Hamidreza Hosseini as saying.

Hosseini said he was unable to give details as the sentence could still be appealed, the agency added.

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The trial of Fereydoun, along with six co-defendants, began in February without the judiciary giving details of the charges. He had initially been held in 2017 before being released on bail.

Some Rouhani supporters have seen the charges against Fereydoun, a close adviser to the president and a senior diplomat who took part in talks that led to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, as a move by the hardline judiciary to discredit the pragmatic Rouhani.

The judiciary has denied having any political motivation in cases it tries. Rouhani was born Hassan Fereydoun before adopting his new surname.