Iran Arrests Former Vice President Under Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities on Monday arrested a former vice president who served under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the second such detention of a senior official from the hard-line former leader’s administration, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Hamid Baghaei, who was Ahmadinejad’s vice president in charge of executive affairs, was arrested on Monday, IRNA quoted judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi as saying. The report did not provide further details.

Ahmadinejad was best-known in the West for his harsh rhetoric toward Israel, at one point saying it should be wiped off the map. Inside Iran, his administration faced a growing chorus of corruption allegations, particularly during its latter years. More

HT: Allen West Republic

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