Iran arrests suspected British spy

Iran has arrested a dual-national it suspects of working for the British secret services, Public Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tuesday.

The individual, who has citizenship in Iran and a second unspecified Western nation, was arrested last week on suspicion of carrying out economic espionage for the British, Dolatabadi was quoted by Tasnim news agency as saying.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality.

In April, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual national of Iran and Britain who worked for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at Tehran's airport as she tried to leave the country. She was detained for 45 days before being charged of working for the Western secret services, according to ISNA news agency.

In Iran, those found guilty of espionage could face the death penalty or a long spell in prison.

Similar cases in the past have failed for lack of evidence, or the accused have been expelled from the country following political negotiations.

Last update: Tue, 16/08/2016 - 11:41

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