Iran mentioned on Monday it had sentenced an Iranian lady to 10 years jail for spying for Britain, as pressure rises between Tehran and a few Western international locations over its nuclear and missile packages.
“An Iranian who was in command of Iran desk within the British Council and was cooperating with Britain’s intelligence company … was sentenced to 10 years in jail after clear confessions,” Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesman, mentioned on the state tv.
Esmaili mentioned the lady was in command of initiatives for “cultural infiltration” in Iran. He didn’t establish her, however mentioned she was a pupil in Britain earlier than being recruited by the British Council.
Esmaili mentioned the lady had been in custody for nearly a 12 months. He didn’t specify whether or not she held British nationality.
The British International Workplace didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail requesting remark. The British Council is Britain’s cultural company abroad.
The arrest of Iranians accused of espionage has elevated since Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mentioned final 12 months there had been “infiltration” of Western brokers within the nation.
Iran has been more and more at odds with Western international locations since the USA withdrew from a deal Tehran signed with world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.