Rouhani's brother arrested over financial crime

Younger brother of Iranian President arrested on financial crime charges.

Ben Ariel ,

Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani

The younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday, according to AFP.

"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 added.

He said that Fereydoun would be released if he secures bail, pending trial.

Fereydoun has acted as a key advisor and gatekeeper to Rouhani. News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organization, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.

Conservatives have demanded that Fereydoun be put on trial, accusing of him of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director who Rouhani had to dismiss for taking a enormous salary, according to AFP.

Rouhani, despite winning a second term in office in the last election, has tense relations with the Conservatives in Iran. Rouhani is considered to be a “moderate” in the Islamic Republic.

During the election campaign, Rouhani criticized the Revolutionary Guards for writing anti-Israel messages on ballistic missiles before testing them.