Rohani's Brother Sentenced to Five Years in Prison in Iran

Supporters of the Iranian president claim the corruption case against his brother Hossein Fereydoun was politically motivated

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Hossein Fereydoun and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, 2015.
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An Iranian court sentenced the brother of President Hassan Rohani to five years in prison, a judiciary spokesman 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 spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Freydoun was jailed for five years but he may face further charges in another case, without giving details, Fars reported.