Iran court cuts Rouhani brother jail term to 5 years

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) and Hossein Fereydoun, President Rouhani’s younger brother and adviser, look on during a press conference in Tehran (File/AFP/Getty Images)
Updated 01 October 2019

Iran court cuts Rouhani brother jail term to 5 years

  • The sentence is final and there is no further avenue of appeal
  • Fereydoun was ordered to pay a fine and pay back alleged bribes

TEHRAN: An Iranian court has reduced the jail sentence against President Hassan Rouhani’s brother to five years on charges of corruption, a judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.
“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 spokesman said without giving any figures.
Fereydoun acted as a key adviser and gatekeeper to the president before his arrest in July 2017.
The brothers do not share the same name because Rouhani changed his when he was younger to a word meaning “cleric.”
Fereydoun’s trial opened in February. Very few details have emerged in the Iranian press.


US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

Updated 20 November 2019

US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

DUBAI: A US aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since its deployment.
The US Navy says the USS Abraham Lincoln transited the strait on Tuesday, making its way to the Arabian Gulf. The carrier left Norfolk, VA, in April and was diverted to the Middle East in May, but it had remained in the Arabian Sea, avoiding passage through the strait that borders Iran.
American aircraft carriers have for decades sailed through the international oil shipping route in what the US describes as “defensive” operations aimed at keeping the strait open.
The Trump administration deployed the Lincoln to the Arabian Gulf amid a spike in tensions with Iran.