Iran condemns & # 39; American spy & # 39; to death and prisons & # 39; British spy & # 39; for ten years
Iran condemns one person to death for espionage for the US and imprison another ten years for espionage for Great Britain
- The alleged British spy and two other people were sentenced to ten years in prison
- Iran said the alleged American spy was sentenced to death but attractive
- It is in the midst of heightened tensions about Iran's secret nuclear program
Iran has sentenced to death an alleged American spy and imprisoned three others, including an alleged British agent.
Three people face ten-year prison sentences, one accused of espionage for Britain and another specifically accused of working for the CIA.
The death penalty case would have appealed to the Supreme Court.
& # 39; One person has been sentenced to death for espionage for America, … but the judgment has been appealed & # 39 ;, said judicial spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili.
Iran – whose leader Hassan Rouhani is depicted – has sentenced to death an alleged American spy and imprisoned three others, including an alleged British agent
The other two alleged US spies, identified as Ali Nafarieh and Mohammad Ali Babapour, received 10-year sentences in final decisions from an appeals court.
The alleged British spy was named as Mohammad Aminnassab.
Iran has regularly spoken espionage against Britain and the United States and it is unclear how these cases relate to earlier allegations.
In July, Iran said it had broken off a CIA espionage and sentenced some of its alleged members to death.
Some suspects were recruited by a & # 39; visa trap & # 39; in which the CIA would focus on Iranian subjects during their visit to America, Iran claimed.
A documentary that was broadcast on Iranian TV at the time would show American agents trying to recruit Iranian spies in the Middle East.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded in July that Iran had a & # 39; history of lying & # 39; has.
Great Britain and Iran also remain at odds due to the detention of the dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on espionage.
The mother-of-one was arrested in 2016 and has been detained in solitary confinement for part of her time in prison.
The latest announcement comes in the midst of constant tensions in the Middle East, especially about Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Tehran has scaled back its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal since Donald Trump left the pact last year and re-imposed sanctions.
Rouhani said he would consider meeting Trump if the sanctions were lifted, but Trump instead announced an increase in sanctions against Iran last month.
In addition, a series of alarming incidents on Gulf ships – blamed by Iran but always denied – have reinforced the fear of a sudden conflict.
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