Iran Sentenced UK Citizen to Six-Year Term for Spying

Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran’s top prosecutor, announced that the Iranian regime had sentenced a British national to a six-year term in prison for espionage, The Guardian reported Sunday.

Jafari-Dolatabadi told the Mizan news agency, which is affiliated with the judiciary, that the dual British-Iranian citizen was sentenced as an “agent of England’s intelligence service.”

The individual was also under investigation for a case involving a private bank. No other details were made public.

Reuters reported in November that over 30 dual nationals had been jailed by the regime since the conclusion of a nuclear deal in 2015.

Two other dual British-Iranian citizens are known to be imprisoned by the regime, Kamal Foroughi, a 78-year-old businessman, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a Reuters Foundation employee, who was arrested and separated from her toddler at the airport in April 2016, as she prepared to leave Iran after visiting with her parents.

Foroughi was charged with espionage and alcohol possession and Zaghari-Ratcliffe was charged with plotting to overthrow the government and sentence to five years. The families of both denied the charges.

Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and denies dual citizens contact with embassies of their other nationality.

In October of last year, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, criticized the United Kingdom’s government for continuing to do business with Iran even though Iran held British citizens hostage. Conducting “business as usual” was “simply unacceptable,” she wrote.

In July 2016, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued a travel advisory, warning that British citizens who traveled to Iran could  be arbitrarily detained.

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