Rouhani's brother arrested on financial charges: Judiciary



The Chinese-US dual national was identified as Wang Xiyue (王希悅), a 37-year-old history researcher, according to Mizan Online, a Web site affiliated with the judiciary.

According to The Guardian, the university confirmed Wang as a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the department of history at Princeton University and travelled to Iran last summer.

In its statement, Princeton said Wang was arrested while conducting research on the 1794-1925 Qajar dynasty for his doctorate in late 19th and early 20th century Eurasian history.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother Hossein Fereydoun has been arrested after failing to post the bail set for him, a Judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

Princeton released a statement stating its support for the student and said in a tweet on July 17, "Princeton is supporting a graduate student who has been sentenced to prison in Iran".

The US State Department did not identify its jailed citizen, but accused Iran of fabricating national security-related charges to detain Americans and other foreigners.

Also Sunday, the judiciary disclosed that a U.S citizen was sentenced to 10 years in jail for allegedly "infiltrating" the country.

The report by Mizanonline said Wang "was able to digitally archive 4,500 pages of the country's documents, while under covert surveillance".

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In June, the u.s. Senate has passed a bill for new sanctions against Iran, accused of "supporting acts of global terrorism". The US citizen has appealed against the sentence.

A report by the Audit Court found in October that executives at state-owned banks had earned as much as 622 million rials (Dh70,058) a month - compared with average public sector salaries of US$400 (Dh1,469) - leading to hundreds of prosecutions and a new government salary cap.

A Chinese-born USA dual national was sentenced to ten years in prison by Iranian authorities who accused him of spying for Washington.

Mr Rouhani trounced his nearest opponent to secure a second term in office in the first round of voting. He didn't give a reason for the arrest of Fereydoun, who assisted Rouhani during nuclear talks that led to Iran's 2015 agreement with world powers. The US citizen holds dual nationality, one of US and one of another country, details of which are yet to be revealed.

"We continue to use all the means at our disposal to advocate for USA citizens who need our assistance overseas especially for the release of any unjustly detained USA citizens held overseas".

Commenting on the case without naming Mr Wang, an Iranian judiciary spokesman described him as "an American infiltrator".

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Levinson, who vanished in Iran in 2007 while on an unauthorized Central Intelligence Agency mission is still missing.

He lives in Washington DC and has done work for the United States government.

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