Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s younger brother, Hossein Fereidoun, has been arrested on unspecified financial crimes charges and an American citizen has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for "infiltrating" the country.

In announcing both cases during a regular press briefing with local journalists on July 16, judiciary spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei said Fereidoun, a senior diplomat who took part in the talks that led to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, was taken into custody over allegations of financial impropriety and is eligible for bail.

"Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail," spokesman Ejei said at the news conference, which was broadcast live on television.

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