Iran issues arrest warrant for Hashemi
Iran's Judiciary has issued an arrest warrant for former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani's son and will detain and jail him, says the deputy head of the Judiciary, Press TV reported.
Ebrahim Raisi announced on Tuesday that the arrest warrant was issued for the arrest and imprisonment of Mehdi Hashemi, emphasizing that his case will be handled fairly just like other similar cases, ISNA reported.
"There are many fair judges in the judiciary system and an impartial judge, appointed by the Judiciary, will handle Hashemi's case," he further explained.
Hashemi, who left Iran for the UK shortly after Iran's post-election unrest, announced earlier this week in a letter that he is currently studying at Britain's Oxford University and intends to return to Iran.
The deputy head of Iran's Judiciary also reiterated that the country's judicial system does not accord any privileges to anyone and no individual is allowed priority over others due to certain family connections.
"He [Hashemi] is not different from any other suspects and the Judiciary will deal with allegation against him just like all other suspected individuals," Raisi continued.
Hashemi has been widely accused of involvement in inciting anti-government riots after the June 2009 presidential election in Iran.
After Iran's June 12 presidential election, supporters of defeated opposition candidates had dismissed official results that returned incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to office as 'fraudulent' without any legal basis for their claims.
Some of those arrested and tried after the riots offered detailed accounts of foreign involvement in organizing and inciting the riots.