Rafsanjani grandson arrested in Iran over protests

His grandfather, who heads the powerful Assembly of Experts, is still a powerful player in the ruling establishment.

Rafsanjani grandson arrested in Iran over protests

A grandson of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been arrested for taking part in post-election protests last year, a news agency said on Monday.

Hassan Lahouti was detained by security police on Sunday at Tehran airport after arriving on a flight from abroad, the Fars news agency said.

His grandfather, who heads the powerful Assembly of Experts, is still a powerful player in the ruling establishment.

A source close to the family told Fars that Lahouti, believed to be in his 20s, left the country last year days after the presidential vote in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected.

Iran opposition supporters had took to the streets in protest against the result.

Lahouti's mother, Faezeh Hashemi, was among several of Rafsanjani's relatives held briefly for joining rallies in June, when the unrest first erupted.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2010, 16:44

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