TEHRAN – Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei yesterday said that the younger brother of President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges.
“Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” spokesman and deputy judiciary chief 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.
News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organization, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.
He also said that the court sentenced U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges.
The spokesman did not name the person or give details on when the sentence was passed but said the person was a citizen of the United States and an unnamed country other than Iran.
“This person, who was gathering information and was directly guided by America, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence can be appealed,” spokesman Mohseni Ejei said.
Reacting to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent open letter in reaction to the arrest of his close ally Hamid Baqaee, the spokesman said the Judiciary can take action against some part of the letter which was false and accusation.
He also claimed that Baqaee himself asked for detention in the solitary prison and had provided food from outside prison during his previous detainment.
On President Rouhani’s Ph.D. doctorate controversy, he said that an especial court for clerics was assigned to launch probe over the plagiarizing charge.
On the arrest of former Police Chief Brigadier Ahmadi Moqaddam, he said the former police has not been arrested but his case is open and investigation is underway.