US ci­ti­zen ac­cused of ‘in­fil­tra­tion’ jailed in Iran

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Tehran, Iran - A United States ci­ti­zen ac­cused of ‘in­fil­tra­tion’ in Iran has been sen­tenced to ten years in prison, a spokesman for the ju­di­ciary said on Sun­day.

“The per­son was iden­ti­fied and ar­rested by the in­tel­li­gence forces. The court has sen­tenced the per­son to ten years,” deputy ju­di­ciary chief Gho­lamhos­sein Mohseni Ejeie said in a tele­vised press con­fer­ence.

The in­di­vid­ual, whose name was not pro­vided, has ap­pealed the sen­tence, he added.

The for­eigner holds dual na­tion­al­ity of the United States and an­other coun­try, he said, promis­ing to give more de­tails once the ap­peals court con­firms the sen­tence.

In Jan­uary, Tehran’s chief pros­e­cu­tor said as many as 70 ‘spies’ were serv­ing sen­tences in the city’s pris­ons - the iden­ti­ties of only a hand­ful of which have been made pub­lic.

Most are thought to be Ira­ni­ans who hold an­other pass­port from Europe or the United States.

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