The younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been detained on financial crime charges, the judiciary has announced.
Hossein Fereydoun is accused of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director who Rouhani had to dismiss for taking an enormous salary. Conservatives have demanded Fereydoun be put on trial.
The detention of Fereydoun on Sunday comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organisation, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.
« Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail, » deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference.
« 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.
Fereydoun has acted as a key advisor and gatekeeper to the reformist Iranian leader who was re-elected in May.
He was also involved in the negotiations between Iran and Western powers to reach a nuclear deal, which has enraged the country’s conservative faction, which controls the judiciary.
|Fereydoun (centre) also played a role in the nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers [Reuters File]|
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies
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July 16, 2017 at 06:48PM