Iran gives ex-vice president 5-year prison term

AP , Thursday 22 Jan 2015

Iran's official news agency says the country's supreme court has sentenced a former vice president to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a 10 billion rial ($300,000) fine.

The IRNA report late Wednesday did not specify what Mohammad Reza Rahimi was convicted of but said the verdict was binding. Rahimi was a top aide to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The verdict came after repeated allegations by foes of Ahmadinejad's hard-line government of massive corruption. Rahimi has maintained his innocence.

In December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized growing corruption in the country in unusually blunt terms, saying bribes once paid secretly are now being disbursed in the open.

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