President’s Brother Detained; Financial Impropriety Alleged

By John Lee.

The brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained over allegations of financial impropriety.

Hossein Fereidoun [Fereydoun] (pictured), described as a close confidante of the President, failed to secure bail on Saturday.

He is also said to have played a senior role in the negotiations that lead to the nuclear agreement.

President Hassan Rouhani was born Hassan Fereydoun, but changed his name to Rouhani, meaning “spiritual,” after joining the seminary.

(Sources: Associated Press, Payvand)

(Picture credit: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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