Tehran, May 05: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's younger brother Hossein Fereydoun has been sentenced to an unspecified jail term in a corruption case, reported Al Jazeera."This person [Hossein Fereydoun] was found not guilty on some charges, while he was sentenced to prison on other accusations," said a judiciary official, Hamidreza Hosseini on Saturday.
However, Fereydoum, who is a close confidante of the President and was involved in 2015 nuclear deal, "rejected" the ruling and said he will appeal in the higher court."I strongly and categorically reject allegations against me in the court and some of the media, and I'm protesting," he said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Faces Calls to Resign Over Economic Crisis.
The trial against Fereydoun, along with his six acquaintances, began in February. However, the judiciary did not reveal the details of the charges against him. He was first held in 2017 but later was released on bail. Supporters of President Rouhani deemed the ruling by the court as a plan to disrepute the regime.