Report: Brother of Iran’s president begins prison term

The charges date back to 2016, and were brought by hard-liners who dominate the country’s judiciary.

16 October 2019 | 16:48

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 16 October 2019 | 16:48

In this Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, Hossein Fereidoun, left, accompanies his brother President Hassan Rouhani as they arrive at a conference, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo)

TEHRAN, Iran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s brother has begun serving a five-year prison sentence on corruption charges, according to the country's semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Tasnim said Wednesday that authorities had transferred Hossein Fereidoun to Tehran’s Evin prison.

Earlier in October, Iran’s judiciary said an appeals court lowered Fereidoun’s sentence to five years from seven on bribery charges.

The charges date back to 2016, and were brought by hard-liners who dominate the country’s judiciary.

Rouhani, a relative moderate within Iran’s political system, changed his surname decades ago.

Fereidoun had played a role as part of the team that negotiated Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

Iran has in the past jailed allies of former presidents for similar charges.

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