Deputy of former Iranian president Ahmadinejad detained

Iranian authorities detain aide of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for undeclared charges

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Bagha, a deputy of the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for undeclared charges, according to Iranian news agencies.

"Former vice-president Hamid Baghaei had a charge sheet issued against him by the judiciary and the prosecutor summoned him today for questioning," judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei said, Fars news agency reported.

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another deputy of Ahmadinejad, was sentenced to five years in January and ordered to pay $1.3 million (38.5 billion rials) in a money laundering and embezzlement case.

Mohseni-Ejei did not reveal if Baghaei was arrested due to the embezzlement scandal, adding that he was not authorised to define the charges.

After his arrest, Rahimi sent a letter to Ahmadinejad who denied accusations of being involved in the case as his supporters claimed the accusations were politically motivated.  

Last year, a billionaire businessman was linked to the scandal, which was exposed in 2011 and consequently negatively affected Ahmadinejad's presidency for the remaining two years before the end of his second term.

TRTWorld and agencies