Report: Brother of Iran’s president begins prison term on corruption charges

Tasnim said Wednesday that authorities had transferred Hossein Fereidoun to Tehran’s Evin prison.
Wednesday 16/10/2019
This April 2015 file photo shows Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) standing alongside Hossein Fereydoun, President Rohani's younger brother and advisor, during a press conference for Rohani in the capital Tehran. (AFP)
This April 2015 file photo shows Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) standing alongside Hossein Fereydoun, President Rohani's younger brother and advisor, during a press conference for Rohani in the capital Tehran. (AFP)

TEHRAN — Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rohani’s brother has begun serving a five-year prison sentence on corruption charges.

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.

Rohani, 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.

(AP)