Iran jails 2 ‘spies’: Iran 10 Years Espionage
Published: August 31, 2015
Iran jails 2 ‘spies’: Iran 10 Years Espionage, A revolutionary court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the US and Israel, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted.
The announcement came as the world waits for news of Jason Rezaian, an Iranian American reporter for the Washington Post who has been held for more than a year on espionage charges and whose final hearing took place earlier this month.
“These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary Court,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.
Ejei said he did not know whether Rezaian’s verdict had been issued, according to Fars and other Iranian agencies.
Rezaian has been tried in closed-door hearings of the revolutionary courts, which deal with national security crimes and have been criticised by foreign diplomats and human rights groups for their opacity, severe sentencing, and frequent use of the death penalty.
Some domestic critics of Barack Obama said the US should not have concluded a deal with Tehran on its nuclear programme, as it did last month, without securing Rezaian’s release.
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