If he does so, he will be released on bail,” said Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary. Rouhani’s supporters have seen his brother’s arrest as part of efforts to undermine him during his second term in office. Hossein Fereidoun played a senior role in more than two years of high-level negotiations between Iran and the west over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Prior to Rouhani’s first victory in 2013, Fereidoun was a veteran diplomat and had served as Iran’s ambassador to Malaysia for eight years and later as a senior diplomat at Iran’s delegation to the UN. It’s supposed the arrest is connected now to divergences between president Hassan Rouhani and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. over concerns about who has the ultimate power in Iran. Rouhani has recently sharpened his rhetoric over the conduct of the judiciary. “Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person (Hossein Fereidoun), also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference after arrest. A year ago, Fereidoun was accusing of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director.