Iran detains a dual national because of his British intelligence ties

Iran detains a dual national because of his British intelligence tiesA British-Iranian citizen was arrested last week in Tehran because of links with Britain's intelligence, Iranian media reports Tuesday.

“The accused, who was arrested in Tehran last week, was active in the field of the Iranian economy, and was linked to the British espionage service," the Mizan news agency quoted the words of Tehran prosecutor general, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi.

The accused person was not identified to the public by Dolatabadi. The prosecutor said the arrest was part of a crackdown against what officials have portrayed as "Western infiltration".

Since Iran's nuclear deal with world powers last year, Iranian authorities have detained a number of dual nationals visiting the country, accusing them of a variety of security-related charges.

Three other dual-nationals arrested over the past year – American, British and Canadian – are currently awaiting trial. The government has confirmed most of the detentions, without giving details of any charges.

Iran does not recognise dual nationalities, meaning those detained cannot receive consular assistance and are treated as Iranian citizens only.
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