The arrest comes amid growing tensions between Tehran and Stockholm.
Tehran, Iran – Iran’s intelligence ministry says it has arrested a Swedish nationwide on prices of spying after having him underneath surveillance for a while.
An intelligence ministry assertion on Saturday didn’t title the Swedish citizen or present any details about his age or whereabouts.
It’s also unclear if this is identical particular person whose arrest had been announced by the Swedish international ministry in Could. On the time, Sweden had stated a vacationer in his 30s was arrested, however Iran had not reported the arrest.
However the Iranian intelligence ministry assertion on Saturday talked about that the arrested particular person’s travels have been monitored intently from the unspecified time he entered the nation, and that his journeys have been “carried out wholly outdoors vacationer locations and practices”.
“Findings by the anti-espionage construction of the ministry present that the Swedish suspect was involved with numerous suspected European and non-European parts in Iran, utilizing skilled communication and safety practices and secrecy,” it stated.
The ministry stated the Swedish nationwide re-entered the nation a number of months in the past, shortly after “one other European spy” was arrested.
The person’s purpose, it claimed, was to learn how the opposite particular person was arrested and what info that they had, which led to the Swedish nationwide being arrested when making an attempt to exit the nation.
The Iranian intelligence ministry additionally stated the arrested particular person had a historical past of travelling to Israel, Iran’s arch foe.
In Could, Iranian intelligence arrested two French nationals accused of helping organise protests by academics.
The information of the Swedish nationwide’s arrest comes amid growing tensions between Tehran and Stockholm.
Iran has condemned Sweden for the arrest and trials of Hamid Nouri, an Iranian citizen who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month.
Nouri was convicted of homicide throughout his time as assistant to the deputy prosecutor on the Gohardasht jail outdoors the Iranian metropolis of Karaj in 1988.
Tehran recalled its ambassador to Sweden final week for “consultations” however stated it has no instant plans to chop or cut back diplomatic ties.
Iran can be holding Ahmad Reza Jalali, an Iranian-Swedish researcher, imprisoned since 2016 over espionage prices.
Jalali was sentenced to dying however his sentence has but to be carried out regardless of stories earlier this 12 months that he may very well be executed earlier than the tip of Could.