Iran arrests former president’s son, days after arrest of daughter
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Iran arrests former president’s son, days after arrest of daughter

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has come under pressure since opposing Ahmadinejad in 2009 elections

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot in front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 2012 (photo credit: Ruhollah Vahdati/ISNA)
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani casts his ballot in front of a portrait of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini in 2012 (photo credit: Ruhollah Vahdati/ISNA)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state news agency says authorities have detained the son of influential ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani two days after arresting the politician’s daughter.

The IRNA report says authorities picked up Mahdi Hashemi on Monday, a day after he returned to Iran from Britain.

Hashemi sought refuge in Britain after Iranian authorities accused him of fomenting unrest in the aftermath of Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election. He also faced corruption charges.

On Saturday, Iranian authorities took Hashemi’s sister, Faezeh, into custody to serve a six-month sentence on charges of making propaganda against the ruling system.

Since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed 2009 reelection, in which Rafsanjani supported Ahmadinejad’s reformist challenger, Rafsanjani’s family has come under pressure from government hardliners.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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