Iran's judiciary has arrested Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, an ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on unspecified charges, an unnamed official told the semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday.
"Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh was arrested a few hours ago," Fars said. Malekzadeh resigned from his position as deputy foreign minister on Tuesday.
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Malekzadeh's resignation came in the wake of pressure by hardline politicians, who accused him of being part of a "deviant current" trying to undermine the role of Iran's influential clerics.
Some lawmakers also accused Malekzadeh of financial corruption, which he denied.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was warned by parliamentarians to dismiss Malekzadeh or risk impeachment.
Dudi Cohen contributed to this report
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