Iran: British Deputy Ambassador to Tehran arrested on suspicion of espionage
The Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, published videos in which it claimed that the deputy ambassador and people who were with him were approaching sensitive military sites.
According to the Fars news agency, the deputy ambassador and the other suspects took soil samples in a forbidden area, and a UAV of the Revolutionary Guards followed them.
Wednesday, 06 July 2022, 21:19 Updated: 21:50
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Iran announced tonight (Wednesday) that it has arrested several foreign nationals on suspicion of espionage, including Britain's deputy ambassador to Tehran.
The Iranian news agency Tasnim, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported that the deputy ambassador was arrested in the desert near the site where a missile exercise took place "while carrying out intelligence activities."
The agency even released videos in which it claimed he and people who were with him were seen approaching sensitive military sites under the guise of tourists.
The Fares news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported that the British ambassador and the people who were with him took soil samples in a forbidden area.
The UAV of the Revolutionary Guards reportedly followed them and photographed them.
The report claimed that the British deputy ambassador was in the forbidden desert area with his family as a tourist. According to the report, he apologized but would be deported from Iran.
Late last month, Iran sentenced Benjamin Breyer, a French tourist arrested in Iran in May 2020, to eight years in prison on charges of espionage.
Human rights activists have accused the state of repeatedly detaining foreign nationals and citizens with dual citizenship, in an attempt to win concessions from other countries.
Spy suspects arrested (Photo: Official website, from Twitter)
The deputy ambassador was arrested.
British Embassy in Tehran (Photo: Official Website, from Google Maps)
In May, Kaham Hemed Raza Jalali, an Iranian scientist from Stockholm who was convicted of spying for Tehran, was reportedly executed in the country.
Jalali was reportedly arrested in Iran in April 2016 and convicted of espionage.
He was accused of passing information to Israel with the aim of helping assassinate senior nuclear scientists.
Sweden granted him citizenship and demanded that he not be executed.
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