Former VP Sentenced

Former VP Sentenced

The Supreme Court handed a five year jail term and fined Mohammad Reza Rahimi, a former vice president, IRNA reported late Wednesday. Rahimi was a close aide and confidant of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who left office in mid-2013 after serving two terms. Rahimni served in the senior post from 2009 to 2013 and has been the target of lengthy judicial investigations into his alleged role in several high-profile bribery and embezzlement cases. He was indicted in March last year. A preliminary court had initially given him a 15-year prison sentence, but the Supreme Court commuted the term. The former official denies all the accusations.  His lawyer said he would appeal the verdict.

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