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Iran Sentences Iranian Woman to 10 Years for Spying on Behalf of UK
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran in April 2019. (Iran Leader’s Press Office - handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iran Sentences Iranian Woman to 10 Years for Spying on Behalf of UK

Iran has had sentenced an unidentified Iranian woman to 10 years in prison on grounds that she spied on the Islamic Republic for the United Kingdom. “An Iranian who was in charge of the Iran desk in the British Council and was cooperating with Britain’s intelligence agency… was sentenced to 10 years in prison after clear confessions,” Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesman, said on state television. Esmaili added that the woman had been in custody for almost a year. It remains unclear whether she holds British citizenship. “We have not been able to confirm any further details at this stage and are urgently seeking further information,” a British Foreign Office spokesperson said. Tensions have increased between the Islamic Republic and western powers since the United States withdrew from the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. London is a signatory to the accord and, like other European signatories, favors maintaining the agreement.

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