Rouhani's brother hospitalized after arrest

Hossein Fereydoun hospitalized with high blood pressure a day after being arrested on financial crime charges.

Ben Ariel ,

Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani

Hossein Fereydoun, the younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, was hospitalized with high blood pressure and tension on Monday, a day after he was arrested on financial crime charges, CNN reported, citing Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

The judiciary had announced on Sunday that Fereydoun had been arrested the day before on suspicion of "financial irregularities."

It added that Fereydoun had been under investigation along with others, but it did not say how long he had been the subject of interest.

Iranian officials did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Fereydoun is a senior Iranian diplomat who played a prominent role in the talks that led to a nuclear agreement with world powers, in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions against the country.

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 an enormous salary.

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.