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Iranian President Rouhani’s Brother Goes On Trial

Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s younger brother Hossein Fereidoun (file photo)

The trial of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother, who was briefly arrested two years ago on charges of financial violations, has opened in Tehran, local media report.

Hossein Fereydoun and four associates were present in court during the February 19 court hearing, according to the judiciary's news website Mizan.

A representative of the state prosecutor read out the indictment during the hearing, Mizan said, without providing further details.

Fereydoun and his brother do not share the same name because Rouhani has changed his.

Fereydoun, a top adviser to Rohani, was arrested in 2017 and quickly released on bail following long-running corruption allegations, with the judiciary, saying at the time that he was the subject of "multiple investigations.”

Conservatives had demanded that Fereydoun be put on trial, accusing him of financial-corruption charges.

Rouhani's supporters have suggested that the case against Fereydoun was part of efforts by hard-liners to undermine the Iranian president.

A new hearing in the case is set to be held next week, the judiciary-affiliated Mizan said.

Based on reporting by Mizan and AFP