Iran said it arrested what it called “a number of spies” and jailed two men over alleged espionage for Britain, Germany, and Israel.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on August 11 that Iranian-Austrian citizen Masud Mosaheb had been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Esmaili charged that Mosaheb, who served as chairman of the Iran-Austrian Friendship Society, was connected to German and Israeli intelligence and provided "foreigners with information on military, nuclear, nanotechnology, and health-care projects.”
Austria’s Kurier newspaper reported that the 73-year-old Mosaheb had been detained in January 2019 while leading a delegation to Iran for a medicine project.
The Austrian Foreign Ministry said it had no access to Mosaheb because Iran does not recognize dual nationals and considers dual nationals as subject to Iranian laws.
Esmaili claimed that the second jailed man, identified as Shahram Shirkhani, had been working for British intelligence. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Iranian judiciary spokesman alleged that Shirkhani had sought to "corrupt authorities and recruit" people as well as give away information on "contracts related to the central bank, Melli Bank, and the Defense Ministry.”
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