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A British-Iranian, sentenced to ten years in jail in Iran for spying for Israel

August 27, 2019

DUBAI, Aug 27 (Reuters / EP) –

Iranian justice has sentenced to ten years in prison for spying on Israel the British-Iranian Anusheh Ashuri, state media reported Tuesday.

“Iranian-British Anousheh Ashouri has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad … and also two years for acquiring illegitimate wealth,” said Justice spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Iranian authorities reported in July that they had captured 17 spies from the US Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some had been sentenced to death. It is not clear if Ashuri's case is related. The American president, Donald Trump, at the time denied that the 17 arrests were true and accused Iran of “lying a lot.”

The number of Iranian arrests on charges of espionage has increased markedly since the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Jamenei, said last year that there were Western infiltrated agents in the country.

Esmaili has said that it was the Supreme Court who handed down a 10-year sentence against Aras Amiri, an Iranian woman worker of the British Council and a London resident who was arrested in March 2018 during a visit to Tehran, for “spying for the United Kingdom.” Amiri does not have British nationality.

Several people with dual citizenship, including British, French and American passport holders, have been detained in Iran claiming security reasons. Iran refuses to recognize dual nationalities.