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Iran on March 13 jailed Hamid Baghai, a vice president under former hard-liner Mahmud Ahmadinejad, following his conviction for corruption, Iranian media reports said.

'Police officers apprehended and transferred the convict to prison,' the Tehran prosecutor's office said, cited by the Fars news agency.

Baghai was sentenced in December to 15 years in prison for embezzlement and illegal business transactions.

Baghai, 48, is very close to Ahmadinejad, serving as his deputy before becoming chief of staff during the former president's second term.

Baghai was briefly detained in 2015 on corruption charges.

The powerful Guardians Council prevented him from running in the May 2017 presidential election, and he was jailed for a few weeks in July.

Based on reporting by AFP and Fars

Copyright (c) 2014. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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