Son of former Iranian president Rafsanjani jailed for corruption

By REUTERS
March 15, 2015 18:29

 
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DUBAI - Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of Iran's former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been handed down three jail sentences amounting to 15 years on corruption and security charges, Iran's chief prosecutor told state media on Sunday.

The Tehran Revolutionary Court handed down sentences of seven, five and three years for three separate offenses including one "security issue," and Hashemi has 20 days to appeal, Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei said.

Rafsanjani, who is known Iran mainly as Mehdi Hashemi, is a 45-year-old businessman and has previously been detained on corruption charges, including last year and in 2012, according to media reports.

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