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Iranian Authorities Arrest Vice President's Brother

Mehdi Jahangiri is the brother of Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri. (file photo)

An Iranian news website has reported the arrest of the brother of the country's vice president over various finance-related matters.

The Tabnak website, affiliated with Iran's hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), reported on October 6 that Eshaq Jahangiri's brother, Mehdi Jahangiri, was taken into custody.

Eshaq Jahangiri appeared to confirm his brother's arrest in a post on Instagram on October 6.

"I have no exact information about how the arrest was made; neither do I know anything about the allegation," he wrote.

He said the arrest was "predictable" and that he hopes it is not a case of political "abuse."

Eshaq Jahangiri, a presidential candidate in the May election, is one of the most prominent reformist figures in President Hassan Rohani's government.

Mehdi Jahangiri runs the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and is also the founder of the private Gardeshgari Bank.

Based on reporting by AP and Tabnak