Iran arrests officials for 'deviation': report

Iran has made several arrests in connection with the "current of deviation", a term used to refer to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff and entourage, ISNA news agency said Monday.

"Those arrested, in addition to economic and moral issues, have security problems," said the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, adding the charges were yet to be "proven".

"Some staff at the Organisation of Tourism and Cultural Heritage and one person working at the national museum have been arrested," he said, without identifying those apprehended.

Hamid Baghaie, vice president for executive affairs, is under judicial investigation for administrative irregularities during his tenure as head of the tourism board.

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