Ab­bas Amir-En­tezam, Ira­nian who served 17 years for spy­ing, at 86

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES -

An Ira­nian of­fi­cial who served a 17-year sen­tence for al­legedly spy­ing for the United States has died at the age of 86.

The of­fi­cial IRNA news agency quoted the wife of Ab­bas AmirEn­tezam as say­ing that he died at home yes­ter­day af­ter a hav­ing a seizure due to ill­ness.

He had served as the spokesman and deputy of Me­hdi Bazargan, the first prime min­is­ter af­ter the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion. In De­cem­ber 1979, Mr. Amir-En­tezam was convicted of spy­ing for the United States and sen­tenced to life in prison. He was re­leased 17 years later.

His con­vic­tion was based on doc­u­ments seized from the U.S. Em­bassy when hard-lin­ers stormed it at the height of the rev­o­lu­tion. Mr. Amir-En­tezam de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and was widely known as the long­est-serv­ing po­lit­i­cal pris­oner in Iran.

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