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Rouhani's Brother Granted Furlough Hours After Going To Jail

IRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) stands alongside Hossein Fereidoun, President Rohani's younger brother and advisor, during a press conference for Rohani in the capital Tehran, April 3, 2015

President Hassan Rouhani's brother Hossein Fereidoun who went to jail in Tehran on Wednesday October 16 to serve a five-year imprisonment sentence has been awarded furlough hours after reporting to jail.

IRGC-linked Tasnim News agency reported on Sunday October 20 that Fereydoun took leave of absence shortly after completing the admission process.

The agency, Fereidoun's defense lawyer and the Iranian Judiciary did not further elaborate on the report.

President Hassan Rouhani's younger brother and confidant Hossein Fereidoun has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for "receiving bribes," A Judiciary Spokesman announced in Tehran on Tuesday October 1.

Fereidoun must also pay a fine and return 310 billion rials (nearly $7.4 million at the official rate of exchange announced by the government).

Fereidoun, however, rejected the charges, adding that in a statement on October 16 that the judge had convicted him based on eavesdropping on the presidential office.