Iranian President Rouhani's brother sentenced to five years jail over corruption charges

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Iranian President Rouhani's brother sentenced to five years jail over corruption charges

*DUBAI / TEHRAN: *An Iranian court sentenced the brother of President Hassan Rouhani to five years in prison, a judiciary spokesperson was quoted as saying on Tuesday by the semi-official *Fars news*.

In May, Hossein Fereydoun was sentenced to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case that the president’s supporters allege was politically motivated. Judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili said Freydoun was jailed for five years but he may face further charges in another case, without giving details, *Fars* reported.

“Regarding the case of Hossein Fereydoun, the sentence of seven years handed down by the court of first instance has been reduced to five years,” Gholamhossein Esmaili told a press conference.

Esmaili said the sentence was final as there was no further avenue of appeal.

Fereydoun was also ordered to pay a fine and to pay back the bribes he was alleged to have received, the spokesperson said without giving any figures. -APP/AFP