Iranian president's brother hospitalised on second day of detention


UPDATE 1-Iranian president's brother hospitalised on second day of detention

(Adds posting of bail)
    BEIRUT, July 17 (Reuters) - The brother and close advisor of
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was transferred to hospital on
his second day of detention, according to reports on Iranian
news sites.
    Hossein Fereydoun was summoned for questioning on Saturday
in a corruption case in which he faces unspecified charges. He
was later detained when he could not post bail, which was set at
more than 15 million dollars, according to Fars News.
    The Mehr news site later reported a representative had
posted bail on Fereydoun's behalf on Monday evening so he would
not need to return to prison from hospital. The site did not
specify the amount of the bail posted.
    Fereydoun is a senior diplomat who took part in the talks
that led to a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world
powers. Some Rouhani supporters have interpreted the charges
against him as a move by the hard-line judiciary to discredit
the president.
    Fereydoun appeared in court on Monday but was transferred to
hospital after appearing unwell, according to the Tasnim news
    "Fereydoun's health was not good from the moment he appeared
in court and, ultimately, because his health situation became
critical, the questioning session did not take place and the
accused left the court in an ambulance," Tasnim reported.
    No further information was provided about Fereydoun's
health. Rouhani has not made any official statement about his
brother's detention or hospitalization.

 (Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by Larry King and
Toby Chopra)


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