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Iran hard-liners ask judiciary to detain president’s brother

Iranian hard-liners are once again accusing President Hassan Rouhani’s brother of economic corruption and asking the judiciary to detain him.

A group of Iranian members of parliament has asked for the younger brother of moderate President Hassan Rouhani to be put on trial, a move interpreted by Reformists as politically motivated.

On Jan. 4, 46 lawmakers demanded "punishment" and an “investigation” into charges of economic corruption against Hossein Fereydoun. (The surname of the president at birth was Fereydoun, but as an adult he changed it to Rouhani, which literally means "cleric" or "spiritual" in Persian.)  

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