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November 11, 2018 11:47 am

Iran Jails Foreign Ministry Official for Spying

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July 4, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo.

An Iranian court has sentenced a man working for Iran’s Foreign Ministry to 10 years in prison after convicting him of spying, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Sunday.

Iran’s security forces have arrested dozens of people accused of spying working in state bodies, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said in August.

Ejei, quoted by the judiciary’s news website Mizan, named the sentenced man as Kamal Amirbeik and said he had also been fined $270,000. It did not say who he was accused of spying for or give any further details.

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