The arrest comes amid rising tensions between Tehran and Stockholm.
Tehran, Iran – Iran’s intelligence ministry says it has arrested a Swedish nationwide on expenses of spying after having him beneath surveillance for a while.
An intelligence ministry assertion on Saturday didn’t identify the Swedish citizen or present any details about his age or whereabouts.
It is usually unclear if this is identical particular person whose arrest had been introduced by the Swedish international ministry in Might. 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 “performed wholly exterior vacationer locations and practices”.
“Findings by the anti-espionage construction of the ministry present that the Swedish suspect was involved with a variety of 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 objective, it claimed, was to learn how the opposite particular person was arrested and what data 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 Might, Iranian intelligence arrested two French nationals accused of serving to organise protests by academics.
Up to now week, Iranian intelligence and regulation enforcement businesses have introduced the arrests of two separate groups allegedly working for Israel’s Mossad spy company.
The information of the Swedish nationwide’s arrest comes amid rising 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 jail earlier this month.
Nouri was convicted of homicide throughout his time as assistant to the deputy prosecutor on the Gohardasht jail exterior the Iranian metropolis of Karaj in 1988.
Tehran recalled its ambassador to Sweden final week for “consultations” however stated it has no quick plans to chop or scale back diplomatic ties.
Iran can be holding Ahmad Reza Jalali, an Iranian-Swedish researcher, imprisoned since 2016 over espionage expenses.
Jalali was sentenced to demise however his sentence has but to be carried out regardless of studies earlier this yr that he might be executed earlier than the tip of Might.