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Twin Austrian-Iranian citizen Massud Mossaheb was arrested after flying to Tehran in January 2019

Iran has sentenced two males to 10 years imprisonment for allegedly spying for worldwide governments.

Massud Mossaheb was convicted of spying for Israeli and German intelligence over his senior place throughout the Austrian-Iranian Society, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili talked about.

The alternative man, Shahram Shirkhani, was accused of working for UK intelligence.

5 completely different Iranians have been arrested on charges of espionage in newest months, based mostly on Mr Esmaili.

Worldwide rights organisations generally elevate factors in regards to the justice system in Iran, with Human Rights Watch noting that the nation “generally fell wanting providing truthful trials and used confessions most likely obtained beneath torture as proof in courtroom docket”.

Speaking on Tuesday, the spokesman talked about Mr Shirkhani had tried to recruit others to Britain’s MI6 firm. He was moreover accused of passing particulars about Iranian banks and the defence ministry “to the enemy”.

The scale of his sentence was not confirmed by Mr Esmaili, nonetheless a state-run data outlet talked about Mr Shirkhani had obtained a 10-year sentence.

Mr Mossaheb, within the meantime, holds every Austrian and Iranian citizenship and was arrested after travelling to Tehran in January 2019, based mostly on Austria’s Der Commonplace newspaper.

He was moreover sentenced to 10 years, based mostly on Mr Esmaili, for “spying for Mossad and Germany” throughout the guise of the general secretary of the Austrian-Iranian Society.

Austria generally known as for Mr Mossaheb’s launch remaining 12 months, nonetheless Iran doesn’t recognise twin citizenship and denies Iranians entry to consular assist from their completely different nation.

Spherical a dozen worldwide and twin nationals are at current being held by Iran, based mostly on Human Rights Watch, which says they’re deprived of due course of.

They embrace British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was jailed for five years in 2016, and Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage

The Iranian authorities spokesman gave no extra particulars in regards to the 5 completely different males arrested for spying.

In July, Iran executed two males for espionage.

Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd was accused of reporting on the movements of Iranian forces in Syria and of spying on the Revolutionary Guards commander, Qasem Soleimani, for the CIA and Israel’s Mossad intelligence firm.

Earlier the equivalent month, former defence ministry worker Reza Asgari was executed for allegedly passing on particulars of Iran’s missile programme to the US.

Iran’s intelligence ministry talked about remaining 12 months that it had arrested 17 people accused of accumulating knowledge on the nation’s nuclear and navy sectors for the CIA. The ministry talked about some had been sentenced to demise nonetheless didn’t establish them.

US President Donald Trump dismissed that announcement as “fully false”.

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