Iranian authorities block access to former President Rafsanjani’s website

TEHRAN, Iran — The website of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani has been blocked after an order from the government, his office confirmed Friday.

Mohammad Hashemi, Rafsanjani’s younger brother, told the semiofficial ISNA news agency Friday that a company providing services to the site told Rafsanjani’s office that it was ordered to cut it off

 “The company providing services to Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s site called and said they’ve been ordered to cut services to the site. Fifteen minutes later, the site was out of service,” ISNA quoted the brother as saying.

Rafsanjani’s brother said it was not yet clear which authority ordered the site to be blocked.

Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, supported opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed 2009 presidential election that led to re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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