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Iran arrests Swedish citizen over espionage 'on behalf of Israel'

Tehran says suspect was under surveillance 'because of (their) suspicious behavior and contacts'; Islamic Republic's intelligence ministry accuses Sweden of 'proxy spying,' which would draw a 'proportional reaction'

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Published: 07.30.22, 21:19
Iran said on Saturday that it had arrested a Swedish citizen over espionage conducted allegedly on behalf of Israel, the official IRNA news agency reported.
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  • The arrest came weeks after a court in Stockholm sentenced a former Iranian official for war crimes earlier this month.
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    The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria
    The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria
    The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid in Vienna, Austria
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    Iran has arrested dozens of foreigners and dual nationals in recent years, mostly on espionage and security-related accusations. Rights groups call that a tactic to win concessions from abroad by inventing charges, which Tehran denies.
    "The suspect had been under surveillance by the Intelligence Ministry during several previous trips to Iran because of (their) suspicious behavior and contacts," IRNA quoted the Iranian intelligence ministry statement as saying.
    It did not give a name or say when the arrest was made, but added that the suspect had a history of going to "the Palestinian territories," went to non-tourist destinations in Iran, and contacted people, including Europeans, under surveillance.
    The Intelligence Ministry statement accused Sweden of "proxy spying" on behalf of Iran's arch-foe Israel, which it said would draw a "proportional reaction" from Iran.
    Sweden's Foreign Ministry said it was aware of the case.
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    A spokesperson said the case is that of a Swedish man whom the Foreign Ministry had said in May had been detained in Iran. Tehran did not report that arrest at that time.
    Relations between Sweden and Iran have been difficult since Sweden detained and put on trial a former Iranian official on charges of war crimes for the mass execution and torture of political prisoners at an Iranian prison in the 1980s.
    On July 14, a Swedish court sentenced the man, Hamid Noury, to life in prison.
    Iran condemned that as politically motivated.
    Among other foreigners and dual nationals held in Iran is Ahmadreza Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian researcher sentenced to death on charges of spying for Israel.
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