The Iranian authorities have arrested five people for allegedly conducting espionage activities on behalf of foreigners, including Israel and several Europeans, the Islamic Republic’s Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.
A spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, has reported that two of the five suspects have already been sentenced to ten years in prison for handing over classified information. One of them would be the chairman of the Iran-Austria Friendship Society and, according to the Tasnim agency, is accused of working with Germany and Israel.
Among those arrested is the German-Iranian Jamshid Sharmahd, who lived in the USA for some time and whose arrest had previously been announced by the Iranian secret services. His case is still pending.
Iranian authorities link Sharmahd to an attack on a mosque in southern Iran in 2008 and to the California-based Tondar movement, viewed by Tehran as a terrorist organization. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.