Iran sentences brother of senior VP


Iran has sentenced the brother of the country’s senior vice-president to two years in prison on corruption charges, the website of the Iranian judiciary reported on Tuesday. According to the judiciary’s spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, the verdict for Mahdi Jahangiri, the brother of Eshaq Jahangiri, is final and cannot be appealed. Mahdi Jahangiri was on the board of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and was also the founder of the private Gardeshgari Bank. Esmaili said charges against the banker included “professional currency smuggling” in the amounts of 607,100 euros and $108,000. —AP

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