March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Iranian reformist's grandson arrested

The grandson of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani has been arrested, Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Hassan Lahouti was arrested Sunday night as soon as he arrived at  Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, the report said. He was taken to prison, it said.

Lahouti left Iran 10 days after Iran's June elections and had been staying in London ever since, the report said, adding that he had been planning a trip with his family to the Iranian island resort of Kish when he was arrested.

Rafsanjani is a powerful reformist figure who has spoken out against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line regime.

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  1. hameed pousti

    the days for the Islamic Republic is numbered. this regimes hands have been covered with inocent Iranian people blood and they must suffer as bad as it gets/ Live with Iranian culture and freedom/

    March 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    The kidnapping regime is living up to it's international reputation.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lance

    sound like he's a wealthy irainian he most likely will get off. to bad about his not so wealthy country men that he abandon and fled the country for them to take the fall.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt J.

    "Kidnapping regime". Yes, that is all too accurate for them. Remember: the blackguard they appointed President was involved in the illegal attack on our Embassy there, too. No wonder they continue such brazen kidnapping.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    These wealthy people creat all kind of uproar, and then they bail and let others get punish, back then in June when his father and his uncles created the proble and over 300 people got killed, he fled, and now he think he can come back, for what?? Hashemi's family is causing all kind of problem and robing Iran.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sam

    He probably is as guilty as his father and Ahmaghinejad.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A. Smith, Oregon

    Brutal agency's regardless if they are the Iranian Secret police, CIA, FBI, DEA, NSA around the world target the suspects family members. And attempt to extort, blackmail and threaten them with death if the suspect doesn't fully comply. You'd think only drug cartels use these methods, sadly you'd be mistaken.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. free iran

    Rafsanjani and the rest of the Mullas have robbed Iran of billions of dollars stashed in overseas banks but more than that they robbed Iran of its dignity and trust. they have turned Iran into the laughingstalk of the world where Iranians are ashamed to let anyone know where they are from. Soon when Iran is freed the Islamic republic will be known as one of if not the darkest days in the history of Iran which spans several thousand years.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Innocent prisoner

    that is typical of those scumbags, I mentioned in previous comments, there are many Iranians who oppose what that country has become, just like other dictator countries. What was his crime, other then be the grandson of an opposition leader?

    America, that's what your future looks like now, under the ruling junta of a socialist regime.

    March 23, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |