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Iran ex-president’s son gets 15 years in jail

The son of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is sentenced to 15 years in jail after being tried for security offenses and financial crimes, state media says.

Mehdi Hashemi is accused of involvement in protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election in 2009, and he was arrested after returning to Tehran in 2012.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani waves as he registers his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election, May 11, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani waves as he registers his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election, May 11, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)

He has 20 days to appeal his conviction, Iranian media reports.

AFP

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