Iran 'jails British Council worker for spying for UK'

# 13 May 2019 16:44 (UTC +04:00)

An Iranian national has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for spying for the UK, ONA reports citing BBC.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili was quoted as saying that the unnamed individual was "in charge of the Iran desk of the British Council".

They confessed to "co-operating with British intelligence", he alleged.

The identity of the individual was not clear. But a London-based British Council employee and art student, Aras Amiri, was held in Iran in March 2018.

Ms Amiri's cousin said last May that she had been accused of "acting against national security" - a charge that has been laid by Iranian authorities against a range of activists, journalists and a number of dual citizens and foreign nationals detained in recent years.

The UK is currently engaged in a protracted effort to free another woman, the dual British-Iranian national, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from prison in Tehran. She was also accused of spying - a charge she has denied.