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Iranian President's Brother Sentenced to 5 Years for Corruption


FILE - Hossein Fereidoun, brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen at a conference in Tehran, Iran, July 3, 2017.

The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption and bribery.

Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the judiciary, told reporters on Tuesday that Hossein Fereidoun, Rouhani's brother, might face further charges in another case, though he gave no details.

The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted "an informed source" as saying that "Fereidoun allegedly paid money to certain individuals in charge of bribing banks and other influential sectors of the economy for large sums."

Two years ago, more than 46 lawmakers called on Rouhani to present his brother to the judiciary to face "financial corruption charges."

That demand echoed statements at the time by Rouhani's rivals in which they accused Fereidoun -- a member of the president's inner circle who has been called his "eyes and ears" -- of corruption.

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