Iran former vice president taken to jail

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his deputy Mohammad Reza Rahimi

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and his deputy Mohammad Reza Rahimi

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s former first vice president has been taken to jail to serve his prison term.

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, a top aide to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was convicted by Iran’s supreme court last month of corruption and sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a 10 billion rial ($300,000) fine. The court also ordered Rahimi to pay compensation equivalent to some $800,000.

IRNA says police agents took Rahimi from his residence Sunday and brought him to Evin prison, north of the capital Tehran. A local court had initially sentenced Rahimi to 15 years but the supreme court reduced the term to five years and three months.

By The Associated Press