Tehran(July 17, 2017): President Hassan Rouhani’s brother has been arrested as part of a high-profile corruption case, according to Iranian authorities, who earlier sentenced a US dual national to prison on spying charges.
State television quoted deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying Hossein Fereydoun, who is also a close adviser and gatekeeper to Rouhani, was summoned for questioning in a case in which he faces unspecified financial charges. He was later detained.
“Yesterday, bail was issued for him but because he failed to secure it he was referred to prison,” Ejeie said, adding that he would be released if he secures bail, pending trial.
“Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail.
Conservatives have demanded Fereydoun be put on trial, accusing him of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director whom Rouhani had to dismiss for taking an enormous salary.