Iran former vice president taken to jail

2015-02-15 20:12
(Vahid Salemi, AP)

(Vahid Salemi, AP)

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Tehran - Iran's official IRNA news agency says the country's former first vice president has been taken to jail to serve his prison term.

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, a top aide to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was convicted by Iran's supreme court last month of corruption and sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a 10 billion rial ($300 000) fine. The court also ordered Rahimi to pay compensation equivalent to some $800 000.

IRNA says police agents took Rahimi from his residence on Sunday and brought him to Evin prison, north of the capital Tehran. A local court had initially sentenced Rahimi to 15 years but the supreme court reduced the term to five years and three months.

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