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Hossein Fereidoun, the younger brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s younger brother has been detained on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday

Hossein Fereidoun is the brother and a top aide to moderate Rouhani, who changed his surname from Fereidoun years ago.

“Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail,” deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference.

“Yesterday, bail was issued for him but because he failed to secure it he was referred to prison,” Ejeie said, adding that he would be released if he secures bail, pending trial.

News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organization, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.

Conservatives have demanded Fereidoun be put on trial, accusing of him of receiving zero-interest loans and influencing the appointment of a bank director who Rouhani had to dismiss for taking a enormous salary.