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Iran court upholds sentence of Rafsanjani's son

An appellate court has upheld the corruption case against Mehdi Hashemi, son of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Former Iranian president and election front-runner Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 17, 2005. Iran holds presidential election on Friday under international scrutiny for its nuclear programme, its rocky relationship with the United States and by observers keen to see which direction the Islamic Republic will move in now that the presidency of reformist Mohammad Khatami has ended. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj  CJF/DY - RTREON2
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The corruption conviction of Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, son of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been upheld by an appellate court in Iran, according to judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei. The decision by the court was welcomed by conservative media, which have increasingly been at odds with Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Rafsanjani, a former president who is the head of the Expediency Council and one of the pillars of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Mohseni-Ejei, the court upheld all three of Mehdi Hashemi's convictions, which were “embezzlement, bribery and security issues,” but added that Mehdi originally had a total of 12 charges, though some of them were for the same charge and therefore were combined.

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