Aras Amiri - Iran - UK

The British Council has confirmed one of its employees has been convicted and jailed in Iran for espionage charges. Head of the British cultural organization Ciarán Devane said in a statement on Tuesday that Aras Amiri, a 32-year-old employee of the London-based Council, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran more than a year after she was arrested in the country for espionage. The statement came a day after a senior Iranian judiciary official said an Iranian woman had been convicted after she was found guilty of spying for Britain. Gholamhossein Esmaili, who serves as the spokesman for the Iranian Judiciary, said the unidentified woman had been “cooperating with Britain’s foreign intelligence service,” while working for the Iran Desk at the British Council. Esmaili said the woman had made “clear confessions” about her recruitment and “the instructions that the English security agency had given her.”Most Popular Iran Seizure of UK Oil Tanker Linked to Earlier Act By British Marines Macron Offers Iran $15bn Oil Pre-Purchases Credit Line, If Allowed By US European Unions Vow to Preserve Nuclear Deal and Rejects Iran’s Ultimatums Gibraltar Sets Free Seized Iranian Oil Tanker Grace 1 Theresa May Chaired Emergency Security Session on Seized Oil Tanker U.S. Already At War With Iran “The person was involved in contacting theater and art groups to implement cultural infiltration projects,” said the official, adding that the woman had repeatedly traveled to Iran under aliases. The British council, however, denied espionage charges against Amiri. The agencyContinue reading

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