Mehdi Hashemi sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Tehran, June 11, IRNA – Mehdi Hashemi, son of Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his appeal was overturned, it was announced on Thursday.

Spokesperson of the Judiciary, Mohsen Ejeei told IRNA the primary court’s ruling was confirmed and Mehdi Hashemi have been convicted of 10 years of imprisonment.

Ejeei also said that Hashemi is convicted of security offences, bribery and embezzlement.

He went on trial last August at Iran’s Revolutionary Court, which usually hears cases involving security offences, and his trial was held behind closed doors.

Mehdi Hashemi was previously arrested on his return to Iran in 2012.

The 45-year-old was originally detained and questioned after returning to Tehran in September 2012. He was bailed after nearly three months in custody but later rearrested again for trial.

By IRNA